New from the Command Master Chief.
It is nothing less than amazing that we are very, very close to sending 2012 ashore, and bringing aboard 2013. Certainly, within the environment we all serve in today, it truly makes time go by even faster. Please do take the time to enjoy the upcoming holidays; as I always say, this time of year provides us with quality "down time" to concentrate on what matters most, family and friends. Enjoy the holidays, and do so safely.
Speaking of sending 2012 ashore, we did pipe MCPON(SS/SW) Rick West ashore after his outstanding 31- year career, which had an impact on each of us. I do welcome aboard our new senior enlisted leader, MCPON(AW/NAC) Mike Stevens, who took the helm of the enlisted force this past September. He also has a wealth of experience, which will play a significant role in the future of our Navy. Welcome aboard MCPON!
Now, what I want to draw everyone's attention to is the Department of the Navy's recently launched website, 21st Century Sailor and Marine. This website will, should, and can have a very significant impact on your career. According to the Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs, this initiative "consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine readiness. The programs are divided into five areas: readiness, safety, physical fitness, inclusion, and continuum of service." The website, located at www.21stcentury.navy.mil, features frequently asked questions, articles, and blogs to keep each of us, and our families too, updated on policies and programs. Bottom Line Upfront, we have never before had this amount of information near our fingertips.
Juan Garcia, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, said in a statement concerning the new website, "The Department of the Navy leadership wanted to take all of our existing personnel support programs, those in development and some new initiatives, and bring them together under the one umbrella of 21st Century Sailor and Marine, in order to ensure every Sailor, Marine and their families have the tools they need to ensure they exceed and excel in the coming decade."
Please take the time to visit this website, reap the available information, and implement that information in your daily lives.
I hope each of you took the opportunity to vote this November. Always do remember that it is not just our right to vote, or an opportunity ... it is our responsibility to do so.
All the best to you and yours!
CMDCM (SW/AW) Sidney Dawson Jr., USN Command Master Chief of the Supply Community