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Admiral Greenert Assumes Command of U.S. Fleet Forces

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Story Number: NNS071002-32
Release Date: 10/2/2007 7:20:00 PM


From U.S. Fleet Forces Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert met with the U.S. Fleet Forces headquarters staff at an All Hands call Oct. 2. It was his first opportunity to address the staff since relieving Adm. Gary Roughead as commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF) during an informal ceremony held in the Pentagon Sept. 29.

Roughead assumed duties as the 29th Chief of Naval Operations at the same ceremony.

During the All Hands call, Greenert discussed his priorities and USFF’s continued focus on warfighting, force posture and building regional relationships.

“I believe America needs a strong military and the Navy is the centerpiece of that,” Greenert said. “Sailors and our civilian employees are the difference that we have over everybody else. My experience in the fleet has been that it’s an amazing team, and an amazing synergy when brought together. I really believe that we need to dwell on our strengths and what we can do together.”

Greenert also highlighted his vision of the way ahead.

“I believe that our allies and our coalition operations are our future,” he said. “We are inextricably connected to them and we need to pursue that. We need to work on interoperability and networking in that particular area. We also need to watch our technology advances with an eye toward our allies or we’ll leave them behind and we’ll miss that opportunity.”

As USFF commander, Greenert is responsible for organizing, manning, training, and equipping Naval forces for assignment to combatant commanders, to deter, detect, and defend against homeland maritime threats and articulate fleet warfighting and readiness requirements to the Chief of Naval Operations.

Greenert, a naval submarine officer and a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, most recently served as deputy chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N8). He has served in a variety of command positions afloat and ashore, including command of USS Honolulu (SSN 718) and commander, Submarine Squadron 11, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas and commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

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