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22 Navy | Winter 2018 In your conversations with Sailors around the world, what has been your biggest takeaway or what has impressed you the most? Sailors impress me. In all sincerity, they impress me. You can listen to the conversations that take place out there, you can read articles and all those kinds of things, and they read those things, they pay atten- tion to stuff, they talk about those things. ey share concerns with leadership, amongst themselves. But through all that, they're still out there doing what the nation asked them to do. Our Sailors know no other way. We drive hard to make sure that we provide them the capabilities, the platforms to do that, while also taking care of those other needs of the Sailors and their families. ey are what impresses me the most. And in these conversations, what seems to be their top concerns and what is the Navy doing to address those? e conversations, of course, could happen at different levels. I could have a conversation with a group of Sailors at a very tactical level. Or I could have a conversation with a group of Sailors at a very opera- tional level. And those things could happen simultaneously as well. Our Sailors are just so brilliant and they pay attention to everything going on out there. ey're so much better than what we were growing up as Sailors. ey're connected; they're so resource savvy. e information they get is real time, it's instanta- neous. So they're taking all this information in and they're trying to process it, which for me is one of my biggest concerns when we think about the information age that we're in and the access that people have, in this case, our Sailors have to information. How do they take that in and how are they processing it and how are we helping them process that information? Leadership is not the social environment on the Internet, in the text message and email. Leadership is maybe using those mechanisms and then standing up in front of them eyeball to eyeball and talking to them about stuff. What they want to talk about is the same things that you hear the chief of naval operations talk about, the vice chief of naval operations talk about, chief of naval personnel talk about, I talk about. ey're concerned about where we are financially. ey talk about the budget. ey talk about the strain on maintenance and strain on parts and all those things that are affected by the budget. ey worry about the instal- lations and their barracks and the upkeep of those things that, because of the financial strain that we're in right now, we don't have the resources to fully fund. So we're operating with that reduced finan- cial support. at's front and center to them because, like I said, they're so smart they know that the reason that maintenance is not being done, the reason the parts aren't there, the reason maybe the ship workers aren't there in the shipyard or the shipyards are shutting down is because we don't have the finances to support it. Sailors want to be at sea. Sailors love being at sea. at's what they joined the Navy for. ey don't want to see their platforms next to the pier. ey want to be underway. So the budget concerns them, and all the things that go with the budget – maintenance, parts, all those things. And then the quali- ty-of-life stuff, which I think, from my vantage point and listening to them out there, they're pretty happy right now when it comes to what the Navy does for them. You can go out and look at some of the accommodations and they're just amazing. I think the Navy does phenomenal work in doing that stuff. We were just in Newport, R.I., and I went into a couple of the unaccompanied housing facilities there and I'm just in awe of the accommodations there. I think back on my time when I first joined the Navy, the accommodations that I had and how many people I had to share those accommodations with, and I walk into – I call them their homes – their homes today, the unaccom- panied housing, I think I made the comment that if I could take one of those lodgings and bring it here to D.C., yeah it's going to be a high cost of living. e real reason that happens is because Sailors talk to you about stuff. "Hey, can we improve this, can we improve "Sailors want to be at sea. Sailors love being at sea. That's what they joined the Navy for. They don't want to see their platforms next to the pier."

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