NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead visited Sailors in Sigonella and Naples, Italy, October 4-6.
Roughead began his trip with a reenlistment ceremony for 11 Sailors during an all-hands call that included Airmen from Naval Air Station (NAS) Signella.
CNO thanked the reenlisting Sailors for their extraordinary service and dedication to our Navy and all the daily sacrifices they make to do their job.
"I would like to thank not only you for what you do, but your families for the support they give... for you to put this uniform on everyday and go off and do something that you love to do," said CNO.
While at the all-hands call, CNO presented three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart to Sailors of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 8. CNO presented the Purple Heart medal and Bronze Star to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Harry Basnight for wounds received in action during a mission in Afghanistan. He awarded the other two Bronze Stars to Lt. Anthony Innamorato and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Erich Villwock for their meritorious service during Operation Enduring Freedom.
In Naples, CNO met with Sailors and senior leadership at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples where he took the time to express his gratitude for their continual efforts in building strong maritime partnerships between the US, Europe and Africa.
"I thank you for what you are doing. The relationships that we have in Europe and Africa, the operations that we conduct are really making a difference." said Roughead.
Roughead wrapped up his visit to Italy with the Naval Forces Europe/Commander, Naval Forces Africa Change of Command ceremony where Adm. Samuel J. Locklear relieved Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald as Commander, NAVEUR/NAVAF.
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