HOUSTON, Texas (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) visited Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Rice University in Houston Nov. 2.
CNO Adm. Gary Roughead began his Texas trip with a visit to Dubiski Career High School, a school aligned with the U.S. Department of Labor Career Clusters, where he met with students and toured campus facilities.
During the visit, he spoke to the students about the career opportunities the Navy offers in the science, technology, engineering and mechanics fields.
"The Navy affords young men and women opportunities that I don't think exist in any other walk of life," said Roughead. "...I think the Navy has always been at the forefront of how to use new forms of technology."
While touring different classrooms, students presented various school projects where Roughead spoke to them about the important role high school education has on a Navy Sailor.
"The most important thing that a high school can do is interest young men and women to want to expand their minds and go forward and do great things for mankind," said Roughead.
In Houston, CNO visited and toured the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University and also discussed the Navy's global influence and the emerging security environment in an evening lecture. CNO spoke about the Navy's global responsibilities and the unique challenges it faces in the present fiscal downturn.
"This time is different for all of us, a time to tie our priorities to the mast and lay out under the light of day the costs and benefits of our various
investments in national security," said Roughead.
Roughead mentioned that the Navy still remains a "Global Force for Good" regardless of current obstacles.
"What is not different this time around is the need for the undeniable good a global Navy delivers everyday in every ocean to support our nation's vital interests and promote security and prosperity across the globe," said Roughead.
Roughead also met with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps students enrolled at the university to discuss how impactful the U.S. Navy is as an organization.
"When I talk about the Navy and the Marine Corps, there really is no other force like it in the world," said Roughead. "When we come together, no one can get in our way."
He also shared some of his personal insights and advice with them as they continue to pursue their naval officer career path.
"I encourage you to pursue (your career) with a great passion," said Roughead. "If you listen to your people, their burning desire is to make you the best leader that you can be."
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