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"I am anxious to hear from you… Oftentimes, these days, the best ideas come from the deck plate." (All Hands Call for Sailors, 9 August, 2005 at 32nd Street Naval Station, San Diego, Calif.)
"I grew up at sea and I have not forgotten where I came from. But to do this job, I need to understand what the issues are and I need to hear them from you." (All Hands Call with Mayport and Jacksonville area Sailors, 18 August 2005 at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.)
"Would I rather fight a war or prevent a war? I'd rather prevent a war." (To Students and Faculty of the Naval War College, 31 August 2005 at the Naval War College Newport, R.I.)
"The Seabees are building and rebuilding the base and surrounding community. They are getting the hospital and schools back online and working with the mayor and local officials. They are bouncing back. " (All Hands Call, 13 September 2005 at the Naval Submarine Base New London, Groton, Conn.)
"We can buy all the ships and all the airplanes and all the submarines and all the technology in the world. It isn't going to work if we don't get the people side right, and I believe in that very strongly. " (2006 CNO's Guidance Release Media Roundtable, 13 October 2005, Pentagon, Washington, DC.)
"It is time to remove the stops and open the throttle" (From All Ahead Full — Message to the men and women of the United States Navy, 23 July 2005)
"I think that this is a truly great Navy, and it is made up of the best sailors, the best civilians, the best families and the best contractors of course, truly in the history of the Navy. I know many of you and I have been out and about, seen thousand of sailors since I took over and I am very strengthened by, or very buoyed by their strength. " (Remarks at the NDIA Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Panama City, Fla., 26 Oct. 2005)
"The last thing in the world we can do is rest on our laurels. We’ve got to keep moving. The status quo just is not going to work. " (Remarks at the NDIA Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Panama City, Fla., 26 Oct. 2005)
"The significance in the events of the last three months if you will, indicate both how uncertain our future is and how much is going on and how much lots of people rely on the capabilities of our military services. " (Remarks at the NDIA Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Panama City, Fla., 26 Oct. 2005)
"You will hear me say I think the Navy needs to be more joint …we have got to step forward in joint operations and make sure both capabilities and people are fully integrated. " (Remarks at the NDIA Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Panama City, Fla., 26 Oct. 2005)
"Both the Commandant and I are very much committed to working our way through this. Part of that is the Navy and Marine Corps commitment to the JSF specifically, and both the STOVL version as well as the carrier version. " (Remarks at the NDIA Expeditionary Warfare Conference, Panama City, Fla., 26 Oct. 2005)
"I watched the Seabees at work (after Hurricane Katrina) in Gulfport, Miss., and in New Orleans. They were extraordinary. In Gulfport, their efforts really lifted the spirit of that town. They were right out of what I grew up with: John Wayne and that 'can-do' spirit." (All Hands Call, Naval Base Ventura County, Calif., 5 December 2005. )
"Our future Fleet vital signs are speed, flexibility, agility, dispersed, netted, dominant. In fact, not in fear. In fact, not in concept. In fact. " (To West 2006, Hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and the U.S. Naval Institute, San Diego, Calif., 12 January 2006)
"We’ve had extraordinary success in resource efficiencies over the last four or five years. We need to continue that and accelerate that." (To Students, Faculty and Staff of the Army War College, Carlisle, Pa., 31 January 2006)
"Nowhere is it more important that we be prepared for new challenges than in the Pacific. The tyranny of distance, the vastness of the maritime domain, the prevalence of transnational threats, old rivalries and new competition for resources, are all driving up the presence requirements for the Navy and for the Submarine Force. " (106th Submarine Birthday Ball, Arlington, Va., 22 April 2006)
"These Sailors are seeing more competitors, more contingencies and a greater range of maritime missions than ever before. At the same time, there perhaps is no greater power than our readiness to respond when disaster strikes. I spoke about our response to the tsunami – but I never would have expected our Navy to be called upon to conduct such a large scale humanitarian operation right here at home. That's what we did after Katrina." (World Affairs Council, Pittsburgh, Pa., 19 May 2006)
"The even greater power of the will to fight for a cause that is right and just." (Midway Dinner, San Diego, Calif., 03 June 2006)
"The Chaplain Corps has been, and as is now, sharing the dangers and discomforts with the troops in the fight, yet always, providing spiritual and emotional support for those in need, comforting those in mourning, consoling the wounded and the dying, serving the spiritual needs of hundreds of thousands, and doing so in the most ecumenical way. " (From remarks made at Rear Adm. Iasiello Retirement and Change of Command, Washington, DC, 23 June 2006 )
"Our chaplains are doing terrific things in the toughest of times. I was in Iraq not long ago, visiting with Sailors and Marines out in the field. When they’re hurt, it’s the Doc they call out for, those amazing and heroic Navy Corpsmen of ours. When they’re confused, scared, lonely, when they’re near death it’s “Where’s the Chaplain?”" (From remarks made at Rear Adm. Iasiello Retirement and Change of Command, Washington, DC, 23 June 2006 )
"My vision for the Navy is maintaining a global technology edge for the warfighter; to do that I need a strong base of naval scientists and engineers." (San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council Banquet and Awards Gala Studio City, CA, 24 February 2007 )
"The Navy is a technology-intensive service, and as we transform our fleet to better meet future challenges our appetite for such experts will continue to grow. " (San Fernando Valley Engineers’ Council Banquet and Awards Gala Studio City, Calif., 24 February 2007 )
"The Change of Command is a very special ceremony, and it is to be cherished. It is part of our tradition. It is a very special tradition, a tradition in which we all acknowledge publicly the change of great responsibility, the change of authority, as well as the change in accountability." (Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Change of Command, 18 May 2007)
"One of the things I’d like to encourage sailors from around the world is there is still a great opportunity to – when you’re in the Navy, to see the world, and to look at a place like Misawa [Japan]. And the vast majority of sailors I talked to in Misawa were delighted to be there, surprised at how good it was. And I’d encourage others to just kind of open that window up and maybe take a shot someday at going to Misawa and living in a foreign country that is very supportive of our presence there." (CNO Podcast 26 June 2007 )

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