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WHTC: High Praise for Hart Native from Huizenga

Washington, May 9, 2019

HOLLAND (WHTC-AM/FM) -- Zeeland Republican Rep. Bill Huizenga this week publicly praised U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Russell Mason a native of Hart, MI, on his career in the service.

Mason, who is retiring this year, served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years, assuming duties in 2017 as Command Master Chief for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, comprised of the U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces.

The 5th Fleet's area of operations encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean.

 The complete text of Huizenga's remarks:

"Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize a man who has honorably served our nation with integrity, distinction, and humility

After more than 30 years of service to our great nation, Command Master Chief Russell Mason – who I am honored to call both a constituent and a friend – is retiring from the United States Navy.

Having enlisted in the Navy in 1984, Master Chief Mason has been stationed everywhere from Pearl Harbor to Washington, D.C. And his tours have brought him all around the world.

He has served on multiple ships, including as chief of the boat, and has completed several tours as command master chief. 

In 2017, Master Chief Mason assumed duties as the Command Master Chief for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

As a man of strong faith, he has earned the respect and admiration of many and has forever left a legacy of servant leadership and devotion.

Master Chief Mason, God bless you. Our Nation is forever indebted to you and your wife Charlotte.

Russ, thank you for your years of dedication in service to the United States. You have completed your mission admirably and I have no doubt you will soon be enjoying retirement with us back in West Michigan."

This article was originally posted on on Wednesday, May 8th. 

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