Happy Holidays Shipmates

Happy Holidays Shipmates,

Darleen and I send you our warmest wishes this holiday season. We are continually impressed by your exemplary sacrifice and service.

It has been a remarkable year, a year of challenges and a year of accomplishments. We remain the greatest Navy in the world because of each and every Sailor, civilian, contractor, and family member on our Navy team. You have displayed extraordinary resilience and always completed the mission.

To our heroes deployed away from their families, please remember that your sacrifice is an invaluable and priceless gift that our entire nation greatly appreciates. Because you stand the watch, the rest of our national can enjoy this time with families and friends. We salute your courage and look forward to your safe return home.

For those of us at home, we should take the opportunity to remember our shipmates abroad as well as our fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Please also remember to enjoy this time with family, friends, and loved ones. We couldn’t do what we do without their support.

Darleen and I would like to remind you to take care of your fellow shipmates, celebrate responsibly, and travel safely. You and your families are in our thoughts and prayers this season and always. Thank you for your service and we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Admiral, U.S. Navy

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