Chief of Naval Operations Visits USS Boxer
Story Number: NNS061224-01
Release Date: 12/24/2006 10:32:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Joshua Valcarcel
USS BOXER, At sea (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Mike Mullen and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Joe R. Campa Jr. visited USS Boxer (LHD 4) Dec. 21 to thank the crew for supporting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) during the holiday season.
Commander, Task Force 158 Marine Brig. Gen. Carl B. Jensen; Commander, Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (BOXESG), Capt. David Angood; and Boxer’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Bruce W. Nichols greeted Mullen and Campa after they touched down on Boxer’s flight deck.
Mullen and Campa immediately went to the hanger bay where the crew was gathered. The CNO expressed his gratitude toward Boxer Sailors and their families for the sacrifices they are making in support of our nation. Mullen and Campa also answered the crew’s questions and concerns regarding the future of the Navy.
“I’m extremely grateful for what you’re doing for our Navy and our nation,” said Mullen. “Few ships represent the Navy better than Boxer.”
After speaking to the crew, Mullen reenlisted three Boxer Sailors.
“It’s an opportunity that only happens once in a career,” said Aerographers Mate 1st Class (AW/SW) Clayton A. Corbin, a Sailor reenlisted by the CNO. “The CNO definitely has a heart and mind to find time to give to Sailors and enlisted people who serve everyday.”
According to Mullen, keeping good Sailors in the Navy is as important now as it ever was and the retention of quality leaders benefits the fleet with their experience and ability to develop junior Sailors new to the Navy.
“The key to improving, educating and managing the skill of our Sailors is leadership,” said Mullen. “Some leader mentored and made a difference in your life, whether it was your chief, petty officer, division officer, mother or father.”
After the reenlistments, Mullen spoke with a few of Boxer’s officers while Campa spoke to Boxer’s chief petty officers.
“I think that leadership is the key to our continued success,” said Campa. “As we ask more from our Sailors we won’t succeed without good leadership. Leadership starts at every level of responsibility, from the first day they enter the Navy and throughout their career.”
After departing the Boxer Mullen and Campa visited more service members deployed to the region.
Boxer is the flagship for Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (BOXESG) which is currently conducting maritime security operations in support of U.S. 5th Fleet. MSO help set the conditions for security and stability in the maritime environment, as well as complement the counter-terrorism and security efforts of regional nations. These operations deny international terrorists use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of responsibility encompasses about 7.5 million square miles and includes the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman and parts of the Indian Ocean. This expanse, comprised of 27 countries, includes three critical chokepoints at the Strait of Hormuz, the Suez Canal and the Strait of Bab al Mandeb at the southern tip of Yemen.
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