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Diversity
"It is about people and we just can't do it without you, and we can't do it without reaching deep into the country for those that will follow us. And as night follows day, they will follow us, if we give them an opportunity to do that. And if we don't give them an opportunity, they'll go somewhere where those opportunities will be there. " (NAVSEA Diversity Summit Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Sept. 18, 2007)
"This is a democratic country and the military must represent the country. And then externally, with just the expansion of missions, the places we're going, the challenges that we have, the demands that we have - culturally, ethnically, mission-wise, wherever we go or where we're going to go in the future, diversity is an absolute must for us. " (NAVSEA Diversity Summit Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Sept. 18, 2007)
"The degree that we in the future don't reflect our country, our population, our mix, we're in trouble, because we'll just drift away. " (NAVSEA Diversity Summit Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, Sept. 18, 2007)
"Over many years in this uniform, I have galvanized my belief that our security, in fact, the strength of our nation is derived from the power of our diversity. Diversity of race, yes, but also of gender, thought, and culture. In the military and in business, in classrooms, in the halls of Congress, in institutions of education like this. And many voices, many minds, contrasting views, and healthy debates all contribute to our collective capability. " (Southern University Commencement Speech, Baton Rouge, LA, 27 July 2007)
"Whether youíre an American or an international guest, black or white, or any other color, youíre in a great country where your success, your character, your worth is measured not by where you come from, by what you believe in or how accomplished you are, but rather by the choices you make. " (Southern University Commencement Speech, Baton Rouge, LA, 27 July 2007)
"Hardly a week goes by that I don't pick up and read an article about the strategic imperative for whatever company, outfit it might be and the strength that diversity brings, and if we don't have that, the message is obvious." (San Diego Military Advisory Council Breakfast, Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, Point Loma, Calif., July 19, 2007 )
"To ensure we have the best people, from the widest talent pool available, we must do a better job of recruiting and retaining our nationís young minority students. " (Before the Senate Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, 28 March 2007)
"Diversity is a leadership issue, and everyone is a leader. " (From CNOís 2007 Guidance Focuses on Execution, February 2, 2007 )
"To the degree we truly represent our democracy, we are a stronger, more relevant armed force." (From CNO Signs Diversity Policy, Stresses Connection to Mission Accomplishment, February 2, 2007 )
"Iím telling our leaders that I expect them to figure out a way to make diversity a priority in all your lives, all your organizations." (Remarks made at a town hall meeting in Millington, Tenn. Sept. 7, 2006.)
"As leaders we need to be committed, spend time, be transparent, be willing to learn, and hold ourselves accountable, among other things. It needs to be well led or itís not going to go anywhere." (Diversity Summit, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport R.I., 14 June 2006)
"Itís a ten to fifteen-year investment to produce people that will join the Navy either at 18 and go to sea, or go to college and come to work through whatever programs we can create. That needs to be an active part, not just by the group attending this summit, but throughout the Navy in terms of how we reach those youngsters." (Diversity Summit, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport R.I., 14 June 2006)
"The whole diversity issue applies across the board, not just to those in uniform, which gets back to why Iím delighted that Vice Adm. Sullivan has made this a priority, and that we would have a conference like this to discuss it." (Diversity Summit, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport R.I., 14 June 2006)
"We are dealing on a global basis every single day and we are cultures and people from all over the world. Itís coming faster and in more dimensions and from different parts of the world than weíve dealt with in the past." (Diversity Summit, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport R.I., 14 June 2006)
"We must figure out how to aggressively address this issue so we are truly representative of this country in the years to come. Weíre not anywhere close to where we need to be from the Navyís perspective." (Diversity Summit, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport R.I., 14 June 2006)
"To the degree we move away from the diversity of our country, we move away from our country. " (All Hands Call, Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 6 December 2005 )
"I don't talk about people without talking about, not just about their careers and their families but about diversity. And taking significant steps while I'm the leader of the Navy in the area of diversity because I believe we have to have people from and for every part of our Navy. We've done well; we can do better in my view." (2006 CNO's Guidance Release Media Roundtable, 13 October 2005, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.)
"We derive great strength from our diversity. To the degree we are not diverse, we are weak. " (All Hands Call, 27 Sept. 2005, NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach Va.)
"Perhaps the most profound effect of todayís challenges is the increased value of cooperation between friends, allies, coalition partners, and like-minded nations. Despite differences in the size or structure of our navies, cooperation today is more necessary than ever before. " (17th International Seapower Symposium, 21 Sept. 2005, Newport, R.I.)
"My intentions are to take big steps each year, for four years. I believe we need to take more risk in this area than we have in the past. I believe from my heart that diversity strengthens the very fabric of who we are." (Annual National Naval Officers Association 12 August 2005 at Riverside Hilton, New Orleans, Louisiana)
"We need leaders for and from every part of our Navy. I want to take big steps each year to improve our diversity, especially in leadership positions, and I want a human capital strategy that helps us do that." (Human Capital Strategy Conference, 10 August 2005 at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif.)
"I believe we derive enormous strength from our diversity, that we need leaders for and leaders from all parts of our Navy." (From Assumption of Command remarks, 22 July 2005 at U.S. Naval Academy.)

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