WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released his New Year video message to the fleet in his blog Jan. 11.
In the video blog message Greenert highlighted the importance of safety, wellness and trust among shipmates. While most are focused on losing weight, Greenert stressed a larger goal of overall wellness.
"I want you to be fit mentally and physically...take care of yourself," said Greenert. "We need you more than you know; you are the key to our success."
Greenert went on to say that more than any other service; the Navy is dependent upon trust.
"We go to sea; it is inherently dangerous out there," he said. "If you're alone in the water, eventually you'll die. You need to depend on someone else, whether you're flying over the water, you're sailing on the water or you're submerged."
Greenert stated that trust ties in with taking care of one another. He encouraged all personnel to have the moral courage to step up and intervene if they see a shipmate struggling.
"I tell you shipmates, again and again; when we've talked to people who have considered taking their lives, you know what made the difference?" said Greenert. "Someone cared enough about that Sailor to get them the help they needed."
Greenert also covered the budget concerns which he said Sailors would be hearing a lot about in the weeks to come.
He clearly stated in the video that no matter what happens with the budget, pay and benefits for active duty military will not be affected. He also said that taking care of families and maintaining fleet and family services is a priority.
Greenert told Sailors to stay focused on the mission and not the budget discussion in Washington. He said that leadership will have to take hard look at non-critical operations and that he would keep the fleet informed on any potential changes.
"Worry about warfighting first, worry about operating forward, and worry about being ready," Greenert said. "You leave the rest to us."
CNO Greenert's video message can be viewed in its entirety on his blog: