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CNO and MCPON Message to the Fleet on Coronavirus

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith

Shipmates, the spread of the coronavirus is something that we are taking very seriously.
 
While many of you may be anxious, worried, or wondering what happens next, leadership at every level is actively engaged on this issue.
 
Our No. 1 concern is the health and the safety of you, our Sailors – active and reserve, uniformed and civilian – as well as your families. We’re suspending official, personal, and PCS travel for the next 60 days both IN-CONUS and to designated locations OCONUS, as well as encouraging flexible work schedules and the use of telework – all designed to slow the virus’ spread.
 
For now, we must use an abundance of caution. Keep an eye on your Sailors and continue to follow the guidelines of health officials – which includes washing your hands more often, avoiding public gatherings, and staying away from others if you’re sick. Don’t be a hero.
 
Our understanding of the coronavirus is rapidly evolving, and we may have to implement further measures to combat the spread of this virus.
 
America depends upon us to help provide security and stability to this nation, and that’s exactly what we will continue to do.
 
Stay safe, Shipmates. Our nation depends on you.

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