SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus held an all-hands call at Naval Base Coronado's Lowry Theater, Jan. 9.
The live event, transmitted worldwide via Navy Live Stream, addressed the questions and concerns of local Sailors as well as those of Sailors stationed outside of the San Diego-area. Out of town Sailors were given the opportunity to submit their questions online during the event.
The call began with the SECNAV delivering an appreciative message to the Sailors in attendance and to their families at home.
"It has been the greatest honor of my life to lead the Navy and Marine Corps," said Mabus. "We are America's away team...on behalf of the people you protect, I say thank you."
Mabus discussed his four priorities of people, platforms, power, and partnerships and why they are important to the Navy, Marine Corps, and civilians.
"We aren't just in the right place at the right time; we are in the right place all the time," said Mabus. "To keep giving America that type of presence we have to work on [the] four P's."
The floor was then opened to questions on topics ranging from budgeting and spending to fleet operation impact and safety. Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 3rd Class Matthew Blach, assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), opened the question and answer session with his question on military retirement benefits.
"It was a huge issue because it's not one of those share the wealth type of things, but it affects so many Sailors in their career," said Blach. "It feels really good that I'm able to speak with the SECNAV about this, it's an honor in and of itself."
Several others including an online submitter used this opportunity to air their concerns about uniform changes, mission readiness of new platforms, international operations, and shipboard safety.
The session ended with Mabus thanking service members for their sacrifices and reinforcing his faith in the Navy and Maine Corps. He added, "We have the best training, the most dedicated, the most competent force that we have ever had, and we've got to make sure that we keep that."
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