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Leadership/Sailors/Families
"Our Sailors and Navy civilians are making a difference at sea, in the air and on the ground in support of operations in the central command and around the globe. " (May 14, 2009)
"Our talented and dedicated Sailors and Navy civilians are what makes possible all that we do. I am committed to providing the necessary resources and shaping our personnel policies to ensure our people and their families are personally and professionally supported and fulfilled. " (May 14, 2009)
"The Navy continues to provide support to all Sailors and their families through a continuum of care that covers all aspects of individual medical, physical, psychological and family readiness. We have provided additional care managers and ambulatory care clinics for our 1,800 wounded warriors and their families. Our goal is reintegrating the individual sailor with his or her command, family and community. " (May 14, 2009)
"We're trying to lead the target, get the things in place that allow our families and Sailors to better address the issues that they face as a member of the U.S. military. " (May 6, 2009)
"We as leaders in the maritime community, must capture and recapture the enthusiasm for teaching the endless immensity of the sea before it is disrupted. It is important that our nation has an understanding of the importance of our dominance at sea and that we reignite the debate on what is needed to ensure our operations and way of life can be assured for generations to come. " (May 5, 2009)
"We have the greatest Sailors today that have ever sailed in the United States Navy. We have the greatest, most powerful fleet in the world. We will retain that advantage long into the future. " (May 5, 2009)
"I think itís always important to recognize, to realize and to go out periodically into the fleet and determine what it is that weíre really all about up here [in Washington]. And that is being able to provide the right things, the right programs and the right policies so that our great Sailors can go do the terrific work that theyíre doing. " (May 4, 2009)
"The Navy is being used aggressively and the Navy is being used very hard. In addition to the traditional deployments and formations that we have operating around the world, we have 14,000 Sailors on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are doing incredible work in assignments that just a few short years ago our Navy never thought that we would be involved in. " (May 4, 2009)
"How are we going to man the fleet of the future? All too often I fear that when we look at a program or a policy, we donít take into account the cost of people. And in an all-volunteer force that is something that you must do because if you donít, we will not be able to realize our mission. Because at the end of the day, itís all about people. " (May 4, 2009)
"All of the stuff that we have is really irrelevant and it really gets down to people and the manpower that we have in the Navy. Our Sailors today are absolutely extraordinary. They are performing missions that we never thought they would do. " (May 1, 2009)
"I want to continue to make sure that we provide for our families and for our Sailors in ways that are going to make them want to not only be attracted to the Navy, but come into the Navy and stay in the Navy. And weíre working very, very hard to continuing to improve things like housing and childcare and making sure that the medical care that we have is the best that anyone can have. " (April 24, 2009)
"It is always good to go out and visit the fleet and realize that everything that I do in Washington only has one purpose and that is to make our Navy and our Sailors the most effective they can be and to provide for them and their families in ways that allows them to be that effective Navy that the nation expects. " (April 24, 2009)
"There is nothing better than being around Sailors. They are the best people I have ever met. They are the ones who give you 110 percent, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. And being with them is energizing to me. Seeing the way that they go about their job, itís just inspiring and thatís why I continue to do what I do. " (April 24, 2009)
"For me one of the best things Iíve ever done is to command ships. Nothing compares to it and when you leave that ship itís like your leaving a part of you behind. You are forever attached to it. You will never forget it. It was the most fulfilling experience that you can ever have. When I finished command of my first ship, I said it then and I will say it today, that if it all ended for me at that point, I wouldíve still been the happiest man in the world because of the satisfaction, the fulfillment and the sense that you get from the crew. " (April 24, 2009)
"I will tell you that our young families, even not so young families, in the Navy today live better than I have ever seen. The quality of housing that we provide, the quality of medical care that we provide is the best in the country. " (April 24, 2009)
"And where we are now with regard to our professionalism and the standards that exist in the Navy, itís pretty extraordinary. I have been doing this for a long time and I maintain I serve in the best Navy today that Iíve ever served in. " (April 14, 2009)
"Fundamental to the value of our Sailors is what I refer to as culture. Itís our culture that makes our Sailors different. Clearly the training and equipping does but itís the culture of the Navy and the culture of innovation that make our Sailors so very different. They simply get the job done, they identify a problem, they self organize, the execute well, theyíre collaborative, theyíre not into union lines and when the time comes for them to leave, they tend to put their responsibilities into a package to turn over to a successor who can be more successful than they were. And that is something that we as a Navy can never lose and thatís that culture that exists today. " (April 14, 2009)
"Weíre also finding that our individual augmentees or GSAs, GWOT support assignment Sailors are held in extraordinary high regard by other joint commanders. I get that every time Iím in the region or when those commanders come back they talk about how great our Sailors are. " (April 14, 2009)
"All of us know that without the terrific Sailors that we have and the Navy civilians that we have, we canít deliver the goods. It was not the USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), it was not the [USS] Boxer (LHD 4), it was not the [USS] Halyburton (FFG 40) that delivered the goods this past weekend [on the rescue of the captain of Motor Vessel Maersk Alabama], it was the Sailors on those ships that delivered the goods. " (April 14, 2009)
"We are doing these force shaping measures very thoughtfully, very carefully and with an eye on making sure that we remain the best Navy in the world. To ensure that we retain the best Sailors that have the right skills for the Navy of today and tomorrow. To keep our force balanced in seniority and in experience and in skills. To focus on the performance and to safeguard the careers of our very best performers and to continue to attract the very best and brightest in America because we are a great organization." (March 20, 2009)
"Even with the challenges, I remain extraordinarily optimistic and the reason I do is because our capabilities and our Navy is needed and that need is recognized. We make a difference and we have the greatest Sailors and Navy civilians that I have ever served with." (February 20, 2009)
"For those of us who serve we can only do that because we have loved ones at home that allow us to put this uniform on every day and go forward and do the things that we love to do while they support us." (February 18, 2009 )
"I cannot begin to even tell you how proud I am of our Sailors. Under the Fleet Response Plan Sailors have taken our Navy from a force that on September 10th, 2001 could only deliver two carrier strike groups, to the force that today can deploy three carrier strike groups, surge three in 30 days, and have one more CSG on its way in 90 days. The incredible flexibility this gives to the combatant commanders and the agility it gives to the commander in chief is a national asset that must be resourced as such." (January 14, 2009)
"We have civil engineers and mechanical engineers who are part of our construction battalions. We call them Seabees. The legacy of our Seabees goes back to World War II, but they are everywhere. They are the finest combat engineers in the world. They're in Iraq, Afghanistan, supporting our troops on the ground, but they're also repairing schools in Ghana, on the West Coast of Africa. Our engineering duty officers are managing and leading projects in the billions of dollars and delivering to our Navy the systems of the future: the ships, the airplanes, the submarines, and the communication networks." (NSBE Speech 20 March 08)
"Maintaining quality of work means we provide our Sailors and Navy civilians with the facilities and support to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Sustaining a quality of life means we must address not only the needs of the Sailor and Navy civilian, but those of our Navy family as well." (11 March 08)
"Itís a total capability that we bring in. Our awareness, our situational awareness adds to our understanding of what is developing. But, I come back to the fact that it really is the training, the competence, and the discipline of the young men and women who are operating our ships at sea that make all the difference." (04 March 2008)
"The Navy affords limitless opportunities to our people, whether itís an education or in experiences or an assignment. Go after every one, go after it with a passion. And most importantly, reach down and share your experiences and your mentorship with those that are coming behind. Thatís the most important thing that we can do." (19 February 2008)
"We are only as good as our people. " (12 January 2008)
"We are the world's finest Navy. Take pride that we provide for the safety, security, and prosperity of our Nation. We are headed in the right direction, and I am counting on your leadership, intellect, commitment and drive to keep us moving forward. I am honored to lead you, for we are the fortunate few who have the privilege to serve in the United States Navy." (08 November 2007)
"Happy Birthday Shipmates Ö From our humble beginning with six frigates more than 200 years ago, we have become the most dominant and influential naval force ever to sail the world's oceans. We ensure freedom of the seas, project power in support of national interests and support allies and partners around the world. We are at once powerful, yet compassionate when reaching out to others in need." (10 October 2007 )
"Our Navy today is everywhere. Right now we have 72,000 Sailors deployed around the world. We are in great demand across a range of missions. When the Commander in Chief needs a response and needs options, he's going to turn to the Navy." ()
"As I travel around, everything that I see is all about people. Sailors who bring their ideas, their energy, their drive, their intellect, being able to do things better than we have in the past. We attract, recruit and retain the young men and women to come into the Navy and do the sorts of things that we do that make a difference in the world." ()
"The power of our ships and aircraft is in the hands of our Sailors and Marines, when coupled with our partners, who are on the front line winning peace and deterring conflict, and they are also the first force that we can turn to, to return peace after conflict." ()
"When you look at our aircraft carriers, [they are] arguably the most complex and sophisticated system that the military operates. The average age [of the Sailor] that delivers that capability is 19 years old. The responsibility that they have, and their ability to make judgments that shape other peopleís lives is absolutely extraordinary." ()
"The most significant transformational change in the military, in my life and perhaps even the time before that, was the U.S. military becoming an all-volunteer force. That is the biggest transformational action I believe that weíve taken, because it has transformed how society views the military. It has transformed the nature of the Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine in that they are all now an all-volunteer force." ()
"The advantage that we have as the U.S. Navy Ö and I would say the U.S. military Ö is no one has people like us. Our people are motivated. They are driven. They are competent. They are dedicated, and they give everything to their job. That is our difference. As long as we have those young men and women who come into the Navy and do that, we are going to be in good shape." ()
"I am extremely proud and privileged to represent the over 600,000 men and women, uniformed and civilian and their families, of the United States Navy." ()
"The fact of the matter is that the Navyís not just a bunch of ships, airplanes and submarines. Itís a lot of great Americans out there everyday, in places far from home who are always mindful of the job theyíre doing and are totally committed to providing for the safety and security of the American people. " ()
"In this past century, our world has been driven and our military has been employed against what I call the three-isms. There was fascism. There was communism. And now, there is terrorism. My fatherís generation fought a war against fascism, and they won. My generation fought the ending phases of the war against communism, and we won. Your generation and the Sailors that you will lead, the Marines that you will lead, have just begun your war, and your war is the war against terrorism. That is what we do, and we will win that war. There is no question in my mind about that." ()
"We have 14,000 Sailors on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan. That is more Sailors than we had at sea, and theyíre doing an incredible job. They are bringing skills and capabilities to the ground units, to the Army and the Marine Corps. They are making a difference. Those Sailors are coming back to ships and squadrons and submarines, and they are bringing those experiences back. Because of that, weíre a much stronger Navy. " ()
"The young men and women that serve today are absolutely extraordinary. They are able to perform incredible work when they are at sea. But those are the same Sailors, the same 14,000 Sailors that are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and they take their incredible skills with them wherever they serve. " ()
"I have been doing this for a long time. And I will tell you that the Navy in which I serve today is the best Navy in which I have ever served. And the reason is because of the people." ()
"We are the Navy we are because of the competence, motivation and the drive of our young men and women." ()
"I can tell you that having commanded in the Pacific and the Atlantic and now as the Chief of Naval Operations, your Navy is the most dominant Navy in the world thanks to our people who operate it, and to our people who make it and maintain it." ()
"Together, we serve our nation. Our Sailors and Navy civilians are making a tremendous difference to the safety, security and prosperity of our country. " ()
"We must all be mindful of the support that we owe deployed Sailors. They are the ones doing the hard work, and we must be able to provide them the compensation, the housing, the child care, the educational opportunities and financial advice. Itís also important that we put in place the programs that care for those who are wounded, seriously ill, or injured as they return. " ()
"The thing about the Navy is when we see a job to do, we just do it. Thatís part of who we are. Itís always been that way. It always will be that way and itís that commitment, drive, focus on mission, and focus on making things better for those that are going to come after us that makes all the difference in the world. And the United States Navy does it better than anybody else. " ()
"The Navy brings an incredible ĎCan-Doí attitude, but thatís not just a bumper sticker. We make it happen. When I see what our young men and women do day in and day out, it is really inspiring." ()
"I believe our leaders, of any pay grade in the Navy, are the best in the world. There is no other organization I am aware of that puts such a premium on leadership and rewards it in the way that the United States Navy does. The way that we allow our men and women to take initiative, to step up to the plate, and to do what they believe is the right thing is absolutely key." ()
"Our Sailors are wonderful men and women. Every time I am around them, I am inspired by what they do, how they do it, and the concern they have for others. Our Sailors are very mindful of the fact that each and every one of them is an ambassador who represents the United States. And as I look as our Navy is deployed around the world, globally every day, 24 hours a day, I am very proud of what our Sailors do and how they do it. " ()
"The young men and women that wear our Navyís uniform who are on duty in this part of the world [Arabian Gulf] have the best insight into what that future looks like. Itís from you that I learn. Itís from you that I take those lessons back with me, and itís from you that I set in place the policies that we need to have for today and tomorrow." ()
"By being able to come out and meet with Sailors and talking to the commanders, I get a better sense of what I need to do in Washington, leading the Navy and putting in place not just the things that our Navy needs today but the things that weíre going to need for the future. " ()
"The young men and women we have serving in our Navy today are strongly dedicated; they are very professional and very competent. " ()
"If you can see the Navy globally like I do every morning and see the terrific work that you and your shipmates do, we are ready today and we can never take that for granted. " (July 27, 2009)
"Daily, the young men and women who wear this uniform are working with international navies to further our global maritime partnerships that will address the important regional security challenges that are going to continue to evolve in coming years. And daily they are sailing in defense of our nation by not only winning wars, but more importantly by acting and being in places, and doing the right things that prevent wars from taking place. " (June 24, 2009)
"Our Sailors are my inspiration. I often tell my folks that when the business of Washington begins to break and wear, I simply tell my staff, we need to get to the fleet. When I go there, itís very, very clear why all of us serve the way that we do." (June 24, 2009)
"I think as we go forward with our strategy, the one thing that we can never forget is that all the ships and airplanes and submarines that we have depend upon the young men and women who elect to put this uniform on and go forward and serve in our Navy. " (June 16, 2009)
"While we look back on the incredible achievements of [the Battle of] Midway and reflect on what it took for those Sailors to win, we can also look forward with great confidence. Knowing that the challenges we face today will be overcome by Sailors and citizens with the same devotion, spirit, and uncommon valor of those who fought and won at Midway. " (June 4, 2009)
"Weíre a Navy constantly in motion, constantly moving forward and we want to be able to attract the best and recruit the best young men and women that our Nation has to offer. " (June 12, 2009)
"What we do with regard to our pay and bonuses and special duty assignment pays, things like that, is to make sure that we retain the very best Sailors with the right skills that our Navy needs today and will need in the future. Itís to keep the force balanced with the right seniority, the right experience and the right skill sets. And itís also to focus on performance and advancing the careers of our top performers. " (June 12, 2009)
"I just want to tell all of our Sailors what a tremendous job they are doing. Wherever I am, wherever I go, whoever I talk to, canít tell me enough how impressed they are with our Sailors. And the work that I see you doing around the world, around the clock is truly extraordinary. " (June 12, 2009)
"Weíre a busy Navy and itís not about the ships, the airplanes and submarines, itís about you and your shipmates that gives us the capability to do what we do in so many places around the world, and not only allow us to go in when the country needs us to go in. (July 21 2009)" ()
"We believe itís just as important to prevent a war than win a war. (July 21 2009)" ()
"We clearly have a significant medical contribution into the fight and our doctors and our hospitals are forward and are taking great care of people. (July 21 2009)" ()
"I think as you go around and as you visit our Navy and our Sailors, you will see an environment where dignity and respect is maintained at the highest levels and the diversity that we enjoy is pretty extraordinary. (July 21 2009)" ()
"I would like to return back to our Sailors and Navy civilians who are here today and to thank you for what you do. You are the ones that make our Navy of today possible. Itís within you and only within you that we as a Navy are made dominant. " (August 7, 2009)
"And outside of cyber, a very important dominance, the Navy has, I would say, the lead in intelligence, communication, information operations and oceanography professionals within our cadre- officer and enlisted. " (October 1, 2009)
"We also will continue to lead in space and learn about this incredible universe that we live in and lead the nation into the future in that regard." (October 24, 2009)
"Iíd also like to thank those who make our service possible. And those are our families, our spouses, our children, our parents, our brothers and sisters; because youíre the ones that make it possible everyday for us to put this uniform on and go out and do that which we love. " (October 24, 2009)
"There may be a pilotless airplane or uncrewed submarine or surface vessel, but there are people who are having an effect on that, whether it's on the maintenance of it or if there is a person in the loop, but there will be in some way, shape or form people associated with that system." (November 2, 2009)
"When leadership opportunities are presented to you cease them and donít be concerned whether you will succeed or fail as a leader." (November 23, 2009)
"To begin to identify, attract, and develop those leaders for tomorrow, thatís what my diversity initiatives are aimed at, and its not simply doing what needs to be done to make people aware of the Navy, to cause them to join the Navy, but making sure that when they come in the Navy, its where they find fulfillment both personally and professionally. " (November 23, 2009)

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