Greetings Shipmates, and congratulations to all of our new Chief selectees! While I know the next few weeks will be challenging, I'm sure that you will find the training rewarding and will continue to work hard to serve our Sailors and the Navy Reserve.
It is important that we always strive to improve ourselves, our Sailors
and our Force. Our Selected Reserve Sailors in particular face
logistical and time-based challenges, yet you always manage to perform
and succeed. The concept behind the CPO-365 training program, to
provide meaningful leadership training year-round, is one we are already
on board with.
There is value in making leadership training an integral part of
everything we do. I believe this approach is nothing new to the Navy
Reserve. You impact your Sailors every time you interact with them.
You influence and teach them during every drill weekend, training
evolution and during mission operations. If the tremendous job you are
already doing is any indication, I know you will continue implementing
this program with success.
It is vitally important to our Force that we train and mentor the
Sailors who will be the future of our Navy Reserve year round. Our
Sailors need to be prepared to step in to the shoes of their leaders and
execute the mission. We need competent and confident leaders
throughout all ranks and to accomplish that, we must be committed and
dedicated to developing those leaders at every opportunity and every
We also need our leaders to have the knowledge and resources to provide
the right guidance and direction to their Sailors. Our Sailors must know
and our rich heritage to appreciate it - our timeless traditions and
the names of the men, women and conflicts that brought us to where we
are today. The CPO 365 program is designed to offer that. It is a guide
to ensure the right people share their knowledge, experience and our
Navy heritage on a regular basis.
So congratulations again to our newly selected Chiefs. My words to you
are to remain humble, and to always do the right thing . and after those
anchors are pinned on, go back and continue to train and develop the
next generation of leaders.