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CNIC Meets With Regional, Base Commanders

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071220-10
Release Date: 12/20/2007 10:55:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (AW) Jesse Awalt, Naval District Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval District Washington and Naval Support Activity Washington (NSAW) hosted Commander, Navy Installations Command's (CNIC) Commanding Officers Board of Directors (COBOD) meeting Dec. 12-14, at the Washington Navy Yard.

Thirteen regional commanders and command master chiefs, along with 79 installation commanders, were convened at the Navy Yard's Admiral Gooding Center by CNIC, Vice Adm. Robert Conway.

The conference was highlighted by an address from Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead.

The gathering provided opportunities for the worldwide audience of the Navy's shore leadership to share ideas, discuss policies set forth by CNIC and aligns them with the CNO's direction.

"The installation is the most complex platform in the United States Navy, so getting the entire shore installation leadership together to align our initiatives to CNO's strategic objectives is critical to success," said Capt. Dave Boone, CNIC chief of staff. "CNIC puts out a strategic plan aligned to the CNO's guidance; we also put out a business plan that gives guidance and direction on how to execute the business of shore installations."

"Adm. Roughead's guidance through the maritime strategy is very clear, it's about partnership, it's about taking care of our Sailors." added Boone.

During the meeting, themed "Installations Ready for Tasking," the CNO's shore investment strategy was a frequent topic.

"That's the strategy to inform our investment and figure out what we need to do in the future to make the right investments, in the right places, to achieve the right capabilities and align our installations as extensions of our warfighting platforms. Our customers are very simply: fleet, fighter and family," said Boone.

The meeting not only provided commanders with a way to meet face to face, but garner a better understanding of CNIC policies and why they are being implemented.

"It is tremendously important when we do these conferences, we all get realigned at the same time because we are all hearing it straight from CNIC," said Capt. George Chamberlain, commanding officer of NSAW. "So, after you go to a COBOD there is no question where CNIC is going."

During his address to the roomful of commanders, Roughead told the group about a Business Week article he recently read that listed the best places to begin a career.

"I thought to myself why can't the U.S. Navy be on that list," said Roughead. "Everything we do has great appeal. We roam the world. We live in a world of high technology. We do exciting things. We have probably the best, if you wanted to use a business correlative, the best work force of any place around. We have great leadership. We have people who are dedicated to doing the right thing, people of great character and integrity.

"All of those factors just lead you to being one of the best places to work. So what I have said is, in four years I want to be on that list," he concluded.

For more news from Naval District Washington, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/ndw/.

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