CNO Releases 2009 Guidance

Story Number: NNS081105-25Release Date: 11/5/2008 4:29:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rebekah Blowers, Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead, released his Guidance for 2009 on Nov. 5, 2008.

CNO's Guidance (CNOG) reaffirms his vision, mission, guiding principles and focus areas - refining the scope of his intentions and how they will be measured in 2009 - and reviews the accomplishments of the Navy over the past year.

"Over the past year, we have implemented our Maritime Strategy around the world. This year's Guidance will highlight those accomplishments as well as expand on the progress we need to continue to make to remain a dominant force," Roughead said.

CNO said that one of last year's accomplishments was developing a Navy Ethos, a tangible statement of values integral to the Navy's mission accomplishment.

"It distinguishes those of us who serve in the Navy, active and reserve Sailors and Navy civilians, regardless of unit, command or community," Roughead said.

The CNOG reinstates CNO's three focus areas of building the future force, maintaining warfighting readiness, and developing and supporting Sailors, Navy civilians, and their families. He said over the past year the Navy has made significant progress in those areas, setting the stage for continued achievements in 2009.

Some of those achievements include: Deploying of the first guided missile submarines, USS Ohio (SSGN 726) and USS Florida (SSGN 728), in less than six years from the start of their conversion from strategic service; Embarking nongovernmental organizations and international partners aboard Navy hospital and amphibious ships to provide humanitarian assistance to local populations, treating more than 320,000 patients in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa; and transitioning many short-notice, midtour, temporary-duty individual augmentation assignments to permanent change of station GWOT Support Assignments (GSA) negotiated in a Sailor's normal detailing window, thereby improving Sailors' ability to plan and develop their careers while balancing family needs and quality of life.

The 2009 Guidance explains Roughead's 18 intentions, refining the initiatives and measures set forth in the 2007-2008 Guidance.

The 18 intentions include global maritime partnerships, levering science and technology initiatives to ensure warfighting benefits accrue to future Sailors, and competent and dedicated Sailors and Navy civilians, supported by strong families, being the heart of the Navy as the preeminent global maritime power.

To read the CNO's Guidance for 2009, visit

For more news from the Chief of Naval Operations, visit

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead speaks to Sailors during an all hands call aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59).
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
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