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.
JONATHAN W. GREENERT
Admiral, U.S. Navy