WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy's new Chief of Naval Personnel held all hands calls with his staff in Washington, D.C., to introduce himself, discuss his priorities and listen to Sailors' and Navy civilians' thoughts and concerns.
Vice Adm. Bill Moran assumed the duties as the 57th Chief of Naval Personnel Aug. 2. He is responsible for the overwhelming majority of policies and programs that directly affect Sailors and their families.
"We will proactively communicate with Sailors and families, and strive to be transparent in all our dealings," Said Moran. He added that he wanted Sailors and their families to feel comfortable sharing ideas and concerns with him, whether at all hands calls or through social media opportunities.
"I'm honored to be here," said Moran during an interview with All Hands Magazine. "I look forward to working on behalf of Sailors and families to earn their trust."
Moran takes helm of a command that has an operating budget of $29 billion and a staff of more than 26,000 Sailors and civilians that perform a wide variety of missions, including managing Navy manpower, readiness, education and training, and professional development of Sailors.
Moran did not shy away from addressing a concern foremost on the minds of many Sailors and civilians - the budget. He said managing the force will be driven by fiscal realities, which will dictate force structure decisions and ultimately the total number of Sailors Navy-wide.
"We understand today's fiscal and operational challenges," he said. "We must reach a balance that's in the best interest of the Navy and the nation, as well as Sailors and their families."
Despite the uncertain fiscal environment, Moran said one of his main priorities remains getting Sailors to the fleet with the right skillsets and training.
"We will continue to provide trained and ready Sailors to meet fleet manning demands," he said.
Moran also wanted Sailors and their families to know his staff will seek ways to bring stability and certainty to the work force.
See the full interview with Vice Adm. Moran on All Hands Magazine Friday afternoon, Aug. 9 at www.ah.mil.
Watch Moran's introduction video message to the fleet at http://navylive.dodlive.mil/?p=21103.