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Why I Serve: United States Navy Band Edition

On any given day there are more than 380,000 Sailors, active-duty and Reserve, ready to defend America, around the world and around the clock. From diverse backgrounds, they join the Navy to serve their country with honor, courage and commitment. For each Sailor, the drive to serve is different. The …

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The Oath

By Rear Adm. Barry L. Bruner Director, Programming Division, N80 Last week I was afforded the honor of promoting one of our officers in the Programming Division of OPNAV (N80). This time however, the promotion ceremony was significantly different from the past few we have done. CDR Sam Brasfield is …

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Around the Fleet: 2014 Chief’s Pinning

PACIFIC OCEAN (Sept. 15, 2014) Chief Aviation Ordnanceman David West, from Mt. Vernon, Wash., receives his cover during a pinning ceremony for newly selected chiefs in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Twenty-four Sailors aboard Nimitz were pinned to the rank of chief petty officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Siobhana R. McEwen/Released)

Tuesday marked a special day for U.S. Navy Sailors who were awarded the gold fouled anchor and advanced to the rank of chief petty officer. They are among the 121st class of chief petty officers to join the Chiefs Mess, following a long legacy of senior enlisted leadership. The manner of …

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What and When “Matters”

ARABIAN GULF (Aug. 9, 2014) Fleet Master Chief April Beldo talks with Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). George H.W. Bush is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorelei Vander Griend/Released)

By Vice Adm. Bill MoranA couple of years ago, our CNO coined the phrase “where it matters, when it matters” to plainly describe the unique proximity and responsiveness our Navy provides in times of conflict and crisis.  And it’s our ready Sailors who make it happen. This past week, Fleet Master …

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Improving Overseas Screening Process

By Rear Adm. Dave Steindl Commander Navy Personnel Command, Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel For the past year, in all hands calls and on social media, CNP and other leaders have heard concerns from Sailors, families and commands about our overseas screening process. Individual issues ranged from inconsistencies between different …

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The Choice to Serve

Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel, administers the Oath of Office to newly commissioned ensigns.

By Vice Adm. Bill Moran Chief of Naval Personnel Last Friday, Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, commissioned 32 of the Navy’s newest Ensigns from Class 13-14.   As presiding officer, it was my distinct pleasure to speak to a crowd full of proud parents, friends and staff …

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USS – United States Sailor

Adm. Michelle Howard smiles following her historic promotion to the rank of admiral at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Howard is the first woman to be promoted to the rank of admiral in the history of the Navy and will assume the duties and responsibilities as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations from Adm. Mark Ferguson. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Peter D. Lawlor/Released)

Editor’s note: This blog was published before Vice Adm. Michelle Howard’s promotion to four-star admiral and assumption of duties as the 38th Vice Chief of Naval Operations on July 1. By Vice Adm. Michelle Howard Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3/N5)     On 1 July, I …

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Skipper Has the Results

By Cmdr. Kati Hill VP-9 Commanding Officer A few days ago, I had the privilege of notifying several VP-9 Sailors of their selection for promotion.  I was one of those “Old Salts” who advocated for early release of advancement results to the chain of command, prior to public release via …

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