CNO MESSAGE TO THE FORCE:
R 022236Z DEC 19 MID510000756726U
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
INFO CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/NAVADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/CNO/DEC//
SUBJ/CNO MESSAGE TO THE FORCE//
RMKS/1. Mission one for every Sailor - active and reserve, uniformed and
civilian - is the operational readiness of today's Navy. That means being
ready both in our personal and professional lives. And part of that
readiness is continuing to hold ourselves to high ideals of integrity and
2. Reflecting on my first three months as CNO, I want each and every Sailor
to think about who we are as a Navy and the constitutional oath we commit
ourselves to. That oath is what binds us together. It is the foundation of
our profession. It is our north star. It defines us.
3. It is no overstatement to say that naval service requires deeper and
broader knowledge than it ever has before. You must summon all your energy
to ensure that we are ready to fight today...not tomorrow...not in some
distant future...but today.
That all starts with good order and discipline at every level of the chain of
4. To be clear, we must be men and women of integrity. We must be
honorable. We must be standard-bearers. We must be above reproach. And we
must not give anyone cause to question our fundamental values. That is what
sets us apart as a fighting force.
5. Leaders, I am counting on you. I expect Commanders at every level to
epitomize integrity and exemplify our core values at all times. Senior
Enlisted Leaders, I expect you to anchor up and show your Sailors what right
looks like on the deck-plates, day-in and day-out. And I expect every Sailor
to display the character and honor that has always defined our Navy. These
ideals are central to who we are.
6. The responsibility for ethical and professional behavior must be taken
seriously - and we must own it at every level. We must be protectors and
exemplify our values.
7. I'm counting on each of you to set a strong personal example of
responsible behavior, both on and off duty.
8. While there is much work to be done, the tenacity and ingenuity of our
Sailors will take us where we need to go - and do so at a Flank Bell.
9. See you in the Fleet.
10. Released by Admiral Michael M. Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations.//