Six Key Words for CNO Birthday Message: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready

Story Number: NNS121012-04Release Date: 10/12/2012 7:56:00 AM
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By Jonathan W. Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- As we celebrate our naval heritage on our 237th birthday Oct. 13, we proudly reflect on more than two centuries of warfighting excellence as the world's preeminent maritime force.

We had an extremely busy year answering our nation's calls to operate forward - and like those Sailors that came before us, we assured allies, projected power, and defended our nation's interests around the globe. This past year also signified a landmark year for our Navy as we commemorated the War of 1812. 200 years ago, on the Great Lakes, along the eastern seaboard, and waters of New Orleans, our legacy was forged and traditions were made.

We can never forget the sailors who fought in 1812 and what we learned.
They were brave and innovative sailors with an amazing warfighting spirit.
They made us what we are today, and their spirit and self-sacrifice live on in our bold, proficient and confident sailors.

As we start this New Year together, I ask you to remember our tenets:
Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.

We must be ready to fight and win today, while building the ability to win tomorrow. We must provide offshore options to deter, influence, and win in an era of uncertainty. Finally, we must harness the teamwork, talent, and imagination of our diverse force to be ready to fight and responsibly employ our resources.

Happy 237th birthday shipmates! I could not be more proud of our Sailors, civilian work force, and families. I am grateful to be your shipmate and a part of the greatest navy the world has ever known.

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert high-fives a junior Sailor
121011-N-WL435-267 WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2012) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert high-fives a junior Sailor in celebration after cutting a birthday cake in honor of the Navy's 237th birthday in front of USS Constitution's fighting top at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. Greenert and Stevens hosted a worldwide Navy birthday all-hands call and reenlistment. The event was broadcast live on television via satellite to Sailors overseas and at sea, and carried around the world on the internet. The U.S. Navy is constantly deployed to preserve peace, protect commerce, and deter aggression through forward presence. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Lawlor)
October 11, 2012
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