ARABIAN GULF (NNS) -- The chief of naval personnel (CNP) and fleet master chief responsible for manpower in the Navy visited forward deployed units in the Arabian Gulf to meet with Sailors, Aug. 9 and 10.
Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Moran's senior enlisted advisor, spoke to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) during a televised all-hands call on Site TV where they addressed Sailors' questions.
"It's great to be here, and we've been here all day talking to a lot of Sailors from many departments," said Moran. "We got a lot of great feedback during our conversations with them, and we appreciate it."
Moran and Beldo received questions from Sailors and discussed topics such as retirement plans, benefits, advancement policy, rating billets, and sea and hazardous pay.
"We're trying to stabilize advancement opportunities for all of the rates in the Navy," said Moran. "There are some rates that are really tough. We are trying to figure out ways to increase opportunities so when Sailors take the exam they have a better chance to advance to the next pay grade."
Recently, more than 50 1st class petty officers throughout the strike group were selected to advance to chief petty officer. Moran took time to acknowledge and congratulate the chief selects for their hard work and dedication to the Navy.
"I'd like to give a shout out to all of the chief selects out there who made it just recently, you've earned it," said Moran. "There are 52 chief selects across the strike group and that is outstanding. I saw many of them down at the mess decks and I'm really proud you all for making it to this milestone of your career. I look forward to seeing you all with anchors on your uniform in September."
Moran offered words of wisdom to Sailors who still endeavor to make chief some day.
"For those of you that want to make chief our opportunity is still above historic norms and we don't see that changing in the future," said Moran. "So continue to work hard, test well and you'll see some great results in the future."
During their visit, Moran and Beldo visited many of the ship's departments and squadrons, dined with service members and viewed the ship's daily operations. Moran later met with the chief petty officers during a visit to the chiefs mess, and also spoke with officers during an officers call in the wardroom. In addition to his visit to George H.W. Bush, Moran also took time to visit Sailors aboard USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).
Moran added that he wanted to remind Sailors that their country continues to stand by them, and he personally appreciated what the crew does in support of operations.
"Thank you for the great questions you all sent in," said Moran. "We really appreciate the opportunity to get around and talk with you. I couldn't be more proud of the work you're doing. Keep up the great work.
Beldo offered her appreciation to the crew of George H.W. Bush for their kindness and service to their country.
"Thank you so much for the hospitality from the crew," said Beldo. "We had a great visit during the past few days. We're really impressed with the work and the tone of the fleet force out here. You're doing a great job out here."
CNP is responsible to the chief of naval operations for the Navy's manpower readiness, and also serves as deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel, training and education) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command and the Navy Manpower Analysis Center.
Commanded by Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) is comprised of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22, guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyer USS Truxtun (DDG 108) and guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).
GHWB CSG deployed Feb. 15 and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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