Director, Navy Staff Discusses Commitment With Midshipmen

Story Number: NNS060726-16Release Date: 7/26/2006 2:02:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Recruit Matthew Ebarb, U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Director, Navy Staff, Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau addressed the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2010 at Alumni Hall July 19.

Rondeau was the second speaker in a series of officer development lectures to the Plebes, or freshmen, on the topic of core values, with her address focused on 'commitment.'

Rondeau opened her lecture using the Oath of Office as an example of commitment. She and her assistant, Lt. Sean O'Lone, used audience participation and fleet stories to illustrate her message. She also used movie clips, including a scene from the film "Black Hawk Down."

Rondeau reminded the Plebes of the commitment they made when they came to the Naval Academy, and discussed the ones they will have to make to succeed in the future. She emphasized the definition of commitment, the importance of commitment to one's career, and the commitment one makes when serving his or her country.

"It is important for you to realize that when you made the commitment to your country, you've become part of something bigger than yourselves," Rondeau told the Midshipmen. "When making commitments, sometimes the best to start with are the ones where you have something to lose. It is easy when you have nothing at all to lose, but when you do, it helps you to build trust in your shipmates."

Rondeau encouraged the Plebes to do their best and take pride in what they do, because, she stated, they are the future.

"We have all made a commitment to the Constitution - to believe in, to fight for, to do for, and to live for it. There is no one who can say that as proudly as we," said Rondeau.

Rondeau earned her commission in 1974 through Officer Candidate School after earning her master's degree in political science from Georgetown University. She served as the first commander of Naval Service Training Command, which was established June 30, 2003. Rondeau assumed the duties and responsibilities as director, Navy Staff in August 2005.

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