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Laying the Keel: Developing the Backbone of Our Navy

By Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never ending tasks. For the enlisted force, “Laying the Keel – Developing the Backbone of Our Navy” sets the structure and continuous learning conditions towards those ends. In anything …

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Weekly Wire Rundown: 2018 Sea-Air-Space Expo

Weekly Wire Rundown

The Weekly Wire Rundown is a weekly video blog from the Office of the Chief of Naval Personnel, highlighting the top stories affecting Sailors and their families. The video compliments the print edition of the @USNPeople Weekly Wire, which you can subscribe to by e-mailing usnpeople.fct@navy.mil. It can also be …

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Win First and then Go to War

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (June 24, 2016) The Arleigh Burke Class guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) follows in formation with the Ticonderoga-Class guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) during an underway replenishment with the Fleet Replenishment Oiler USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class J. Alexander Delgado/Released)

By Cmdr. Stephen Aldridge Commanding officer, USS Mason (DDG 87) “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” This 2,500-year-old Sun Tzu maxim was the quote of the day in USS Mason’s Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, plan …

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Training to Fight and Win Today and Tomorrow

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Feb. 14, 2018) The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) transits the Atlantic Ocean while conducting its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Swofford/Released)

By Rear Adm. Kenny Whitesell Commander, Carrier Strike Group Four Recently, the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (HSTCSG) completed its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), the final Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP) event in preparation for its deployment this past Wednesday.   This robust exercise featured 11 ships; the …

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Raising Our Standards

By Adm. Bill Moran Vice Chief of Naval Operations Recently released Annual Standards of Conduct Guidance reminds all senior leaders of their personal ownership over their respective ethics programs and discusses my expectations concerning their personal standards of behavior and performance. In past years, the Standards of Conduct Guidance emphasized …

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