By Vice Adm. Bill Moran
Chief of Naval Personnel
Another great fleet visit this week. Fleet Master Chief April Beldo and I had the opportunity to escape DC and spend a day in Norfolk with Sailors at the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command in Little Creek.
As many of you know, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command is made up of Sailors from a variety of warfare communities – all with different backgrounds and experience. This diversity is the strength that allows this organization to undertake such a varied and important mission set, providing effective waterborne and ashore anti-terrorism, force protection, theater security cooperation and engagement, and humanitarian assistance/disaster relief capabilities.
Fleet Master Chief Beldo and I saw the awesome versatility and capability of these Sailors and the diversity of skill sets they bring to any contingency. While visiting with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, and Coastal Riverine Group 2, Sailors were motivated, proud and focused on training like they intend to fight.
From explosive ordnance disposal techs breaching doors and safing devices during a hostage rescue training scenario, to Navy divers conducting surface supply operations and mine countermeasure training, to riverine units maintaining control of the coastal waterways, it was an impressive array of “unique” warfighting capabilities. We witnessed firsthand the value and necessity of the high-tech and rigorous training necessary to continue to provide Sailors the wherewithal to stand a safe and professional watch.
This visit, like every fleet visit so far, strengthened my faith in our Sailors and the incredible responsibility that leadership lays on their shoulders; Sailors like the Navy’s newest master diver, who we met during a training exercise, a singularly Navy position of trust, confidence and responsibility. And Sailors who had recently returned from combat duty in the Gulf. Hearing from them directly and understanding their needs and concerns made the visit all the more important for me as I returned back here to DC.
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