Story Number: NNS140127-05Release Date: 1/27/2014 12:30:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Abraham McNatt, Navy Public Affairs Support Element, East
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens visited Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) to provide Sailors an opportunity to speak with senior leadership Jan. 24.
CNO addressed sexual assault, current and future maritime operations and budget stability. Greenert also reenlisted six Sailors and presented awards to five Sailors and one civilian.
"It's great for the MCPON and I to be here at Little Creek," said Greenert. "What we get out of this most is listening and learning."
"This is how we keep our finger on the pulse - being here having conversations with the fleet," said Stevens. "If I don't get the opportunity to do this, I would quickly become detached and not really understand all the challenges and issues and, just as importantly, the best practices that all of you use every day to lead your folks."
Geenert and Stevens then answered a myriad of questions on upcoming events, manning, sea rotation, flight safety, administrative redundancies and budget stability.
"We have a stable budget now," said Greenert. "When you have a stable budget, you can plan ahead for maintenance, training and hiring. We have a lot more to look forward to in 2014 compared to the past 18 months."
After the all-hands call Greenert, sat down for a "Conversation with a Shipmate," an Internet video series addressing key issues in the Navy.
The CNO's conversation highlighted the importance of Navy and Marine Corps integration.
"The nation needs the Navy and Marine Corps team," said Greenert. "We're absolutely unbeatable at what we do, which is amphibious operations and expeditionary operations. We are at our best operating together."
Greenert ended the conversation by thanking the Marine Corps brothers and sisters. He also thanked the Sailors for their amazing flexibility. His last words were of his gratefulness to the families who support the Sailors and Marines who serve and allow them to do what they do.