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CNO Completes Visit to Afghanistan AOR

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Story Number: NNS100111-06
Release Date: 1/11/2010 2:56:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy

KABUL,. Afghanistan (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) started out the new year with a trip to Afghanistan to ensure the Navy is successfully executing its overall mission and to listen to input from the Sailors currently stationed there Jan. 6–10.

CNO, Adm. Gary Roughead, visited senior leadership and Sailors stationed at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Bagram Airfield, Forward Operation Base Farah and Kandahar Air Field.

"It's important for me to come out here to get a sense of what we're doing and what's on the minds of Sailors and what they are thinking about," said Roughead. "If you're not out listening to our great Sailors around the world, you're not getting the full picture."

While in Afghanistan, CNO spoke with Sailors about their experiences and listened to their input on how to help the Navy's presence in Afghanistan be most effective and maintain naval culture within a joint command environment.

"We don't wait for a problem until it hits us in the face, we don't wait for somebody to tell us what to do, if something has to be done, we do it," said Roughead. "Never lose that culture because that's what makes us who we are."

While in Kandahar, CNO toured Role III Medical Unit- a major medical hub for service members and the local community that has advanced technological abilities, and offers a variety of procedures and operations to patients.

The last stop for CNO was meeting with and thanking for all their hard work the Seabees of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment.

"We are extraordinarily busy, we are doing terrific work everywhere we are," said Roughead, "And I can't think of a place that is better represented by what you have done, are doing, and will do here. You have done absolutely extraordinary work," Roughead said.

For more news from Chief of Naval Operations, visit www.navy.mil/local/cno/.



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