I'd like first to say that I hope you and your families are safe and well in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, or the Superstorm of 2012. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who suffered in this storm. I also want to thank and give credit to all our Sailors who have mobilized within the past week to assist in efforts to help the citizens in those areas affected. You are truly a credit to our service and we wish you the best of luck as you step up to help those in need.
This brings me to the topic I want to write about this week. Readiness -
specifically, being ready to respond "Anytime, Anywhere". For example,
some of our Sailors in the Northeast assigned to NOSC Schenectady, New
York were called up not by the Navy Reserve but by the New York Naval
Militia to respond within 24 hours of Sandy's landfall to assist with
recovery efforts on Long Island. 24 hours. Think about that. Our
Sailors were ready to go at a moment's notice. They were medically
cleared and physically capable of answering the call.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with the 21st Century Sailor
and Marine initiative, but it focuses on the ways we keep our Sailors
and Marines in a high state of readiness and ensure they are able meet
the demands of our combat missions and the roles that support them.
One of the key components to this initiative is Personal Fitness.
We need our Sailors to be healthy, both mentally and physically. I am
well aware of the challenges you face juggling family life, civilian
jobs and military obligations. For those on active duty or mobilized,
PT is an obligation and one supported by their Navy command, but in the
civilian sector most likely it is not the same. You don't have free
nutrition workshops that you can attend during office hours or a gym
facility nearby which is free of charge. Throw in the commute, homework
and dinner with the family, the nightly bedtime story for the kids and
before you know it, its 9 p.m. You meet with your fellow Sailors two
days a month, two weeks a year, but we expect you to be physically fit
all year round. It is definitely a challenge.
So how do YOU do it? I want to hear the ways you maintain your fitness
level and fit it all in, given this challenging environment. How do you
stay motivated and what advice would you give to your fellow Sailors to
keep our Force ready to go at a moment's notice?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!