A Navy SEAL is being selected to be the next Fleet Master Chief of Naval Forces Europe and Africa, becoming the first-ever SEAL in the United States Navy’s (USN) history to rise to that position.

“I am excited to announce Force Master Chief Derrick Walters will be our new Fleet Master Chief,” said Admiral James Foggo, the commander of Naval Forces Europe and Africa. “He is a proven leader who brings a tremendous and very unique wealth of experience and will advocate for our sailors and their families serving overseas.”

It is worth noting that there are just four Fleet Master Chief positions in the entire U.S. Navy (Fleet Force Command, Pacific Fleet, Naval Forces, Europe/Africa, and Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education).

“Force Master Chief Walters has a stellar record,” Admiral Foggo said. “Accordingly, he rose to the top of an impressive list of candidates considered for this critical job and I look forward to the pride, professionalism, and experience he will bring to our mission in Europe and Africa.”