At a Nov. 4 ceremony in Cannes, France, honoring the U.S.-French alliance, President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy reviewed troops from both nations. Amid them, standing at attention, front and center, was a formation of sailors in blue-and-gray NWUs.
The fleet has often complained that the off-base restrictions on NWUs are too tight: In the U.S., you can’t wear them for personal appointments or shopping.
But if it’s good enough for a formal review by the president, isn’t it OK for the mall?
Asked that in a Nov. 8 interview, Greenert replied: “I have never had anybody approach me, ‘If it’s good enough for the president, it’s good enough for the mall,’ but again, I’ve stood in review … in the working uniform. And if that would be the appropriate uniform as [prescribed]by the event, then so be it.”
No word yet on whether he’ll relax the NWU wear restrictions, a step he’s considering.