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MCPON Testifies Before Congressional Subcommittee

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Story Number: NNS070209-24
Release Date: 2/9/2007 3:24:00 PM


From Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr. testified before Congress on Feb. 9 in his first appearance before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction.

The committee overseas all military construction projects, quality of life and veterans affairs related matters.

Campa appeared with the other senior enlisted leaders from the Marines, Army and Air Force in the two-hour hearing, discussing the tone of the force, family readiness and other major quality of life issues.

“Navy families can no longer rely on the comfort of predictable deployment schedules,” he said. “Today, families must be ready at all times for unexpected separations. Because of this uncertainty, traditional pillars of support like housing, health care and child care are that much more important. They directly contribute to family stability and peace of mind while a Sailor is deployed.”

MCPON also addressed the Homeport Ashore Program, which offers the goal that no Sailor be obliged to live aboard the ship while in homeport, and the current status of health care in the Navy.

“Our Homeport Ashore program continues providing adequate off-ship quarters to junior Sailors who would normally live aboard ships,” he explained. “This effort marks the most dramatic quality of life improvement for our single Sailors that I have seen over the course of my career.”

“I cannot stress enough the importance of the Navy’s health care system,” Campa added. “Access to quality, affordable health care for those who are serving now, and those who have done our nation’s work in the past is vital,” he said. MCPON related that his own experiences with Sailors indicate they and their families prefer health care administered at a military treatment facility.

Other issues brought before the congressional subcommittee included the increasing pace of operations due to surge deployments and treatment being provided to veterans returning from combat. Campa also addressed family housing and the status of the Public Private Venture.

The MCPON usually testifies annually before congress along with the senior enlisted leaders of the other services. This was Campa's first appearance before the congressional subcommittee, and he’s been asked to testify again later this year. Full remarks and written testimony can be found on the MCPON’s page at www.navy.mil.

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