U.S. Navy Senior Chief Melia serves as senior enlisted leader
STUTTGART, Germany — Senior Chief Mark Melia, a native of Guilford and who has served 17 years in the U.S. Navy, is a master-at-arms and is the U.S. European Command (EUCOM) Navy Element’s senior enlisted leader. As the senior enlisted leader, Melia’s job is the link between the enlisted community and the senior leaders. He represents his commander and communicates the commander’s goals and direction for the command to the enlisted workforce while simultaneously representing the enlisted personnel’s views and concerns to the commander.
“My favorite part of being in the Navy the interaction with different people and different cultures,” says Melia. “It opens your eyes to different perspectives of life.”
EUCOM is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia and the Middle East, and the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is comprised of more than 60,000 military and civilian personnel, and is responsible for U.S. defense operations and relations with NATO and 51 countries. EUCOM continues to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones in response to evolving threats and complex challenges.