CNO MESSAGE TO THE FLEET ON EXTREMIST BEHAVIOR:
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SUBJ/CNO MESSAGE TO THE FLEET ON EXTREMIST BEHAVIOR//
RMKS/1. Shipmates, I am certain the vast majority of men and women in the
United States Navy serve with honor, character, and integrity. But we cannot
be under any illusions that extremist behaviors do not exist in our Navy.
2. Just in the past few weeks, there have been two separate incidents where
symbols of hate and violence were anonymously left in living areas aboard
ships in our Fleet. The chain of command took both of those incidents
seriously and immediately launched investigations, which are ongoing.
3. But there is more we must do, together, because these symbols are
contrary to our Navy culture, core values, and warfighting effectiveness.
4. As directed by the Secretary of Defense and across the Fleet, each
command will conduct a stand down by April 6, 2021 to address extremism
within our ranks. We must better understand the scope of the problem, get
after this issue, and eliminate conduct that is driven by extremist beliefs.
No doubt, this is a leadership issue. We will own this.
5. As a Navy uniform and civilian, active and reserve - we cannot tolerate
extremist behavior of any kind, and must engage in open and honest
conversations with each other and take action. Leaders at all levels must
lead by example. You must set the tone. You must model correct behavior
24/7/365 in person and online.
6. We also have a responsibility to educate, and inspire those in the Navy,
those coming into the Fleet, and those leaving our service that extremist
behavior is unacceptable. Hate and extremist ideology are wedges that divide
us. These actions stoke resentment and tear others down. Thats the opposite
of how we will treat each other as shipmates. We build each other up, we
encourage each other, and we celebrate our shipmates success.
7. If we dont eliminate extremist behaviors from our Navy, then racism,
injustice, indignity, and disrespect will grow and continue to keep us from
reaching our potential - an inclusive, respectful, professional fighting
force that answers the Nations call. If we must first question the
intentions of our shipmate standing the watch with us, now, and especially,
when taking fire, we will fail when the Nation needs us must in combat.
8. Some Sailors may think their voices do not matter right now, or feel
frustrated seeking to be seen and be heard. But let me be clear, each of
your voices matter. This stand-down is another in our efforts to listen, to
learn, and to improve.
9. Now is the time for us to come together and be guided by a strong moral
compass. We must eliminate extremist behavior and its corrosive effects on
our fighting force. And we must remember that we swear an oath to support
and defend the Constitution above all else.
10. Today, and every day, our Navy must be a shining example of an
organization centered on respect, inclusive of all.
11. Simply put, we must demand of each other that we treat everyone with
dignity and respect. That is how we will become a stronger Navy.
12. CNO Gilday sends.//