Carter told sailors assembled aboard the carrier April 30 to hear a speech from Vice President Mike Pence to “clap like we’re at a strip club” when Pence arrived…
“This statement was inappropriate, and this issue is being addressed by Truman’s leadership,” spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Laura Stegherr said at the time.
Carter made his farewell in the statement posted by Dienna on Tuesday.
“I want one last chance to tell the extraordinary men and women of TRUMAN how blessed and thankful I am to have served as your Command Master Chief,” Carter said. “When you find yourself making a mistake, own it, accept responsibility and learn from it. Today, I want each of you to know that I have taken full responsibility of my mistake last week and, together with my family, I have decided to retire.”