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CNO and MCPON Visit Pearl Harbor

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070514-10
Release Date: 5/14/2007 3:22:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ben A. Gonzales, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Hawaii

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Mike Mullen and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SW/FMF)Joe R. Campa Jr. met with Pearl Harbor Sailors on May 7 aboard USS Pasadena (SSN 752), USS Russell (DDG 59) and at two all-hands calls in Sharkey Theater at Naval Station Pearl Harbor.

While touring major fleet concentration areas to observe regional business practices and before participating in the U.S. Pacific Fleet change of command, the CNO and MCPON took time to address many Sailors’ questions on several topics including education, advancements and the delay on the new PT uniforms.

“I’m anxious about getting Sailors these new uniforms,” said Mullen. “It’s got to be high enough quality where it’s representative of [the Navy] and is actually a uniform you would want to wear.”

While at breakfast with Pasadena Sailors, Mullen asked where they were from, who was up for orders, and where they were headed. He also showed that the CNO is allowed to have a sense of humor.

Mullen asked one of Pasadena’s culinary specialists, “Can you cook?”

The petty officer answered in the affirmative, and the CNO deadpanned, “Good. You’ll find out how important that is on your next deployment.”

Some of the more serious questions turned toward individual augmentees, upcoming deployments and current manning issues.

“I’ve never heard a Sailor in all my years say, ‘I have enough people,’” said Mullen. “The Navy’s been completely manned since [the year] 2000, but now we’re taking a look at not just manning, but the right fit.

“We have to have the right people in the right places, not just bodies. We’re looking at manning now from a standpoint of [Navy employment codes] to make sure the Sailors filling certain billets are qualified and have the right training,” added the CNO.

The CNO and MCPON also visited Fleet and Family Services as well as the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society. Mullen said he always goes to these two services no matter what base he visits. He said he can find out more about what’s going on with local Sailors from those facilities in 20 minutes than he can throughout the rest of his stay.

With recent information campaigns geared toward warning Sailors about financial traps like payday loans or other businesses geared toward taking advantage of junior Sailors financially through high-interest loans, and the new initiatives toward ‘deployability and employability,’ the MCPON always wants to see if the message is getting out.

“These visits are really a great chance to see how policies and the direction we put out in the Navy are working out, especially how they are working out on the deckplates,” explained Campa.

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