Zirkle Challenges Reserve Sailors to be Ready to Win

Story Number: NNS171205-16Release Date: 12/5/2017 1:59:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Rinner, The Navy Reserve Force Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Navy Reserve Force is in the process of launching a new action plan placing emphasis on four key focus areas: simplify, enable, leverage, and resource. Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC) is driving this culture of change.

Rear Adm. Matthew Zirkle, director of innovation for the Office of the Chief of Navy Reserve, briefed the CNRFC staff on "Ready to Win" (R2W), a call to action designed to hone and deliver on-demand combat ready capabilities to the fleet, encourage innovation and urgency of action.

R2W is designed around the Navy Reserve's guiding principles of warfighting, innovation and teamwork and is being implemented to help preserve strategic depth and deliver relevant operational capability to rapidly increase the agility and lethality of the Navy's total force.

"Under each of these focus areas we have both a flag champion and an FTS (full time support) O-6 leading Headquarters level efforts," said Zirkle.

Individually, each of the four focus areas aims to improve a different aspect of operations, but collectively they help to create a well-rounded Navy Reserve Force.

Simplifying the way Reserve Sailors support the fleet through the streamlining of activities, programs and policies helps with efficiency which in turn enables and provides effective warfighting capabilities to the fleet. Additionally, leveraging civilian skills and partnerships with industry and academia help to further enhance Reserve contributions to the fleet.

In an effort to maintain America's maritime superiority it is essential that the entire Reserve Force focus their actions at every level. Therefore, improved readiness of systems and processes are a requirement. The R2W action plan improves the Navy Reserve's ability to not only provide operational support, but also strategic depth, helping produce better prepared Sailors to support the fleet.

The R2W action plan is scheduled to begin initial roll out in early January 2018. There will be a website launch and a special edition of The Navy Reservist Magazine (TNR).

"The ownership is actually on all of you to make a difference here. combat ready capability to the fleet--that is what this action plan is all about," said Zirkle.

For more information on R2W contact the CNRFC Public Affairs Team at CNRFC_PAO@navy.mil.

For more news from Commander, Navy Reserve Force, visit www.navy.mil/local/nrf/.

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