September 30, 2015 – JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Mike Stevens held an all hands call at both Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. and Naval Station Mayport, Fla. Sept. 29.
Richardson opened each visit by first highlighting his four priorities that will guide him and the Navy: integrity and safety, accountability and assessment, creativity and initiative and toughness and resilience.
“I think we are probably in one of the most creative times in our Navy,” said Richardson. “During my 33 years of service, the times I get to interact with the fleet, to talk to you, you are just bursting with ideas.”
After their opening remarks, CNO and MCPON used the majority of time to field questions from the audience, ranging from paternity leave to proposed changes to the retirement system.
Before concluding, Richardson reemphasized how important the partnership between himself and the MCPON is in helping identify the measures the Navy needs to take to put Sailors first.
“We need to take care of one another,” said Richardson. “We need to make sure we keep ourselves safe, keep our Shipmates safe and protect our character and integrity.”