Happy New Year

Happy New Year Shipmates,

As we start off 2012, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your tireless dedication to the Navy and for the sacrifices that you and your family make each and every day.  I also would like to share some thoughts as we start the new year — below you will find several video clips from my message to the fleet, each dealing with what is important to many of you.

Safety Clip:  When I was asked what I wanted for Christmas, I responded, a banner year for safety.  I truly mean that and hope that you will help me make sure that we are successful.

War of 1812 Clip: This is a great year to celebrate our heritage and the bicentennial of the War of 1812, it is a good time for us to reflect on where we came from.  A lot of lessons that we learned in 1812 are still pertinent today, such as the importance of innovation and being ready.

Defense Strategy Clip:  This week the President rolled out our new defense strategy that will be the foundation upon which our 2013 budget will be built.  It was a transparent process and our Navy equities were taken into account.

ERB Clip:  This was an unfortunate but necessary process that needed to be done.  Ratings that were once overmanned are now back in balance and advancement rates are going back up.  I will continue to keep you posted in this area.

As you can see, we have a lot to look forward to in 2012 and I want to thank you again for your service. Let’s keep moving forward with the Sailing Directions and get out there and get it done.  Thank you.


Admiral, U.S. Navy

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