​STANDING WATCH FOR EACH OTHER: MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

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RMKS/1.  As we approach the final weeks of 2020, I want to thank you for your 
service this year.  Despite the challenges of Coronavirus Disease 2019, you 
have continued to enable the Navy and Marine Corps to meet its mission.  Your 
ability to adapt and innovate no matter the obstacle is a testament to the 
dedication and grit that make our Sea Services the most powerful and capable 
in the world.
The recent months have been extra difficult for members of our fleet who, due 
to the current operating environment, are separated from family.  Because of 
the pandemic, many stateside are limited in their ability to see extended 
family and friends.  In these extraordinary times, we must stand watch for 
our brothers and sisters, our civilian teammates, and our family members.  I 
urge each of you to take the necessary steps to maintain your physical, 
psychological, and spiritual resilience and to support those around you in 
doing the same.
Now, more than ever before, we must connect with our fellow Sailors and 
Marines, our co-workers, friends, and family members.  Reach out to someone 
you have been worried about whether a friend, teammate, or family member.  In 
doing so, you foster the meaningful, close relationships that enhance our 
daily lives and serve as the foundation of support when we face difficult 
times.  Remember that no matter the challenge, it is our duty to listen 
without judgment, respond with empathy, and if the situation requires, ask 
directly if a team member is considering suicide.  These day-to-day 
interactions are our first line of defense in reducing the barriers to help-
seeking and in normalizing (and prioritizing) psychological health as a 
standard part of the maintenance required for high performance.
As this challenging year comes to a close, we look forward to a safe, 
healthy, and successful 2021.  To all of our Sailors, Marines, and civilian 
teammates, I wish you good health now and in the year to come.  To those who 
are deployed this holiday season in defense of our nation, you and your 
families have our upmost gratitude for your selfless service.  Thank you for 
standing watch.

2.  Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the 
Navy.//

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