Navy Recruiting's Top Family Hosts First-Ever Virtual Town Hall

Story Number: NNS100307-01Release Date: 3/7/2010 10:22:00 AM
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By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (EXW) Tom Jones, Navy Recruiting Command Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) leadership held its first-ever virtual town hall meeting March 1 with Sailors, civilians and family members from across the command's network of recruiting stations and districts throughout the United States.

Rear Adm. Craig Faller, commander of the 7,000-strong recruiting force, along with his wife, Martha, and Force Master Chief Christopher Penton, used Defense Connect Online and teleconferencing to connect with the nearly 350 Sailors, civilians and family members who participated in the discussion forum.

Faller used this broadcast to communicate Navy Recruiting's mission, vision, command philosophy and to address questions and concerns as well as to put his emphasis on family readiness.

"Mission success begins at home," Faller said. "And this first virtual town hall meeting is an effort to further strengthen the bonds of our recruiting family."

"The town hall meeting was very important, informative and genuine," said Penton. "It gave Sailors and their families an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with the top family of Recruiting - Rear Adm. and Mrs. Faller."

Penton added that it was equally important for everyone participating in the town hall to hear and see that the Fallers "walk the walk while talking the talk" when it comes to family readiness.

"When a Sailor leaves home in the morning they need to know that their family is taken care of," Penton said. "A Sailor can not give you 100 percent if the family is operating at 30 percent. Sailors want and need to know that we care about them 24 hours a day, not just during the hours they are on the clock."

Many participated in this unique exchange from their own homes, and asked a variety of questions during the one-hour session on topics ranging from the recruiting mission, community service opportunities, education, spouse employment and other family-related issues.

NRC, located aboard Naval Support Activity Mid-South in Millington, Tenn., is the headquarters serving 26 recruiting districts and thousands of recruiting stations across the country. NRC's mission is to recruit the best men and women for America's Navy to accomplish today's missions and meet tomorrow's challenges.

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