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Chief of Naval Operations’ 2016 Holiday Message

By Adm. John Richardson
Chief of Naval Operations

Team, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones. Dana and I hope that you find rest and renewal this season. You are all valuable members of the Navy team and during this season of celebration, please spend some time celebrating with your family and friends.

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Nov. 24, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has Thanksgiving dinner with Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Nov. 24, 2016) Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has Thanksgiving dinner with Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1). (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Rawad Madanat/Released)

The Navy and Marine Corps is our nation’s away team, and I’m particularly grateful for our Sailors and Marines standing the watch around the world this holiday season. You will be celebrating in unique ways, with your Navy and Marine Corps family far from home and perhaps in dangerous places. Your integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness allow those of us here at home to enjoy a peaceful holiday season.

As you celebrate, please remember to be safe and watch out for one another. YOU are the most important part of our Navy, and the nation needs each of you to come back in the New Year rested and ready to perform at your best. Thank you all for your hard work in 2016. I look forward to another great year for our Navy and our nation in 2017.

Happy Holidays!

 

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