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Greenert Stops in Bahrain on First Trip as CNO

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS111006-07
10/6/2011

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sonja M. Chambers, Naval Support Activity Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) visited Sailors at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Bahrain, Oct. 6.

Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the 30th CNO, stopped in Bahrain as part of his first trip to the fleet as CNO. He reenlisted 10 Sailors during an all-hands call with Sailors, civilians and family members. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) (SS/SW) Rick D. West joined the CNO at the all-hands call to answer questions.

Greenert said he was very happy to get a chance to visit Sailors in Bahrain.

"This is where our Sailors are in a combat zone and getting it done," he said. "They are supporting our ground forces and also making sure that we have maritime security and that those sea lines of communication are open, which is a very important part for the world economy."

Greenert spoke about the future of the Navy and highlighted current global naval issues. He also gave Sailors plenty of opportunity to ask their questions.

"The message I'm bringing to [forward deployed Sailors] is I'd like to listen and know what's important to them," he said. "I'm here to listen and learn and find out what they need so that as I work back with my staff, we provide our forces what they need to be ready today."

Greenert said that although current readiness is his top priority, he needs to keep looking ahead.

"I have to build the force of the future, and I want to make sure we're taking care of the Sailors, civilians and the families that are with us in the Navy today and build the future force."

Master-at-Arms Seaman Nichole Currotto, who heard the CNO speak, said she thought the all-hands call was a great opportunity to hear about various naval issues around the world.

"I think that's important for us to know because we may be deployed to one of those locations," she said. "As MAs, it's nice to know what's going on around the world, especially since we're the ones standing the gates everywhere."

Master-at-Arms 1st Class (EXW/SW) Marvin Montgomery, a Naval Security Forces watch commander, reenlisted for six years during the all-hands call. He said having the CNO reenlist him was a great moment in his career and would encourage junior Sailors to do the same.

"Anytime they have an opportunity to have senior leadership reenlist them, it's a great feeling. It's an honor," he said.



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