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WINTER 2018

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that?" ere's always still more we can do. Besides all the minute kind of uniform things they want to talk about, there is maybe a little bit of concern about what the manning is going to look like in the future. Contrary to some of the things you may hear out there, we do rela- tively pretty good with manning, especially when we think about manning at sea. We categorize that in fit-fill categories. We look at those two balances there and, at sea, we're doing very well at those. It's the at-shore piece that we've got to look at that manning a little bit too. at's kind of across the spectrum of how we're filling in different locations. ose are prob- ably the big three things that they talk about – the budget, the quality of life and the manning piece of it. In your August Facebook LIVE event with Chief of Naval Operations ADM John Richardson, he encouraged Sailors to push back against the "do more with less" mindset. Given the finite resources at their disposal, how do you recommend they do that? Is there a way for the Navy to truly assess areas of need down at the level where people or platforms are just stretched too thin? We already know we're asking them to do so much more, and we're not meeting half of our combatant commander requirements out there. But I believe there are some things that maybe we can help ourselves with, and we have to allow them to be those people. I think that's the biggest piece in this. ey have to know that we trust them to be empowered Sailors out there, driving things forward in their organizations. If you don't have trust in that, you're going have a hard time overcoming some of the challenges that maybe won't be challenges if you just kind of were empowered to own it yourself and you feel empowered. Sailors do that. ey're very creative. We recently got a note sent over to us from one of our plat- forms. ey're actually deployed, underway. ey've got this 3-D [printing] technology onboard and they're being very creative. ey're doing things with technology that we couldn't do before, or we'd have to wait to order something, there's a time lag there. Maybe we wait until we get back in port, and in the meantime we've depleted, maybe, the capability of the plat- form, the piece of gear is down, or I don't have that part onboard. Well, maybe I can manufacture that part through this technology. ey send it over to us and they share with us what they're doing out there. at's the kind of creative energy, the innovation strategies that we talk about, that we want to continue to reinforce to them, to go be those people. Some of those challenges, again, may not really be challenges that are affected or can be reduced by environments that we operate in, the financial envi- ronment. I share those with you because it overwhelms me, the creativity of those Sailors. 23 Association of the United States Navy MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS JESS LE WIS Giordano visits with Sailors at Naval Station Newport, R.I., Jan. 30 during a senior enlisted leadership all-hands call held at the base. During the meeting, Giordano updated the Sailors on impend- ing changes to the U.S. Navy and also addressed a variety of concerns during a question-and-answer session.

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