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First of 3 Tenets as relevant today as it was in 1775.
Sailors adapting and overcoming half a century ago 1Jan1962 ... Plenty more challenges for current generation of shipmates to overcome

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  2. 2. Operating ForwardPosted on October 9, 2011 by cservelloShipmates,My first blog… I just left Bahrain and am heading back to D.C. after my first trip as yourChief of Naval Operations – and I can’t tell you enough how proud I am to be leadingyour Navy.Nothing is as motivating for me as seeing you in action in the fleet. Watching flightoperations on John C. Stennis as we prepared to go through the Strait of Hormuzreminded me how important your work is to defending our nation.At each stop on this trip – in Japan, Korea, Bahrain and on Stennis – MCPON and Italked with Sailors and their leaders. In particular, I introduced some key priorities andtenets that I will focus on as CNO. I call them my Sailing Directions.First the priorities. These are the three main jobs of every CNO:Number one, we’ve got to be ready to meet current challenges, today. What weare asked to do, we have to do well – today, tomorrow or the next day. We need tounderstand what being “hollow” is and work to prevent it through manning,maintenance, equipping and training.Priority two is we need to build a relevant and capable future fleet. We have tobuild the right ships, aircraft and submarines at the right cost. That’s our job. And wewill have to balance this investment with funding the readiness we need for today’schallenges. That’s my job.Priority three, we’ve got to develop and support Sailors, Civilians and Navyfamilies. We need to nurture a future force that, in my view, is motivated and reallywants to do the job. We need a force that is relevant with the right skills and ismasterfully trained. We’ve got to draw upon the diverse experience and background ofour people.Those are three things every CNO needs to do. Now let me talk about how I plan toapproach these priorities. That brings us to my three tenets, which I think of as lensesI apply to every decision.The first tenet is Warfighting first. Because that’s what we’ve got to do – fight andwin. That’s our craft. We should view each policy and investment through that lens andsee if it really helps us to fight better.Tenet two is Operate forward. We are at our best when we are out and about and ableto provide off-shore options to the President. That’s what we’ve been doing for morethan 230 years and that’s what we will continue to do in the future.
  3. 3. The third tenet is we’ve got to be ready. The Navy is out there for rapid response andaction around the world. Readiness costs money, though, and we’ll have to make toughdecisions in the coming months about where we will deploy and for how long.So those are the three tenets. Warfighting first, operate forward, and be ready.Those are the lenses through which we need to evaluate our decisions.We are heading into some rough seas from a budget perspective, but we’ve dealt withsimilar situations before. I am confident we can stay on course, take care of the crew andride out the weather if we keep our gyro aligned to what’s important.I will continue to use this blog as a way to let you know what I think in what will be avery interesting time for our nation and our Navy. I look forward to hearing from you aswell.Sincerely,JONATHAN W. GREENERTAdmiral, U.S. Navy