It’s the time of year for caroling and season’s greetings emanating from the hearth of the Navy’s top officer’s house.
“Hello, shipmates. It’s been a challenging year but it’s been a great year, and Darleen and I want to thank you for all that you do,” said Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert in his third holiday video, posted online Wednesday — a possible to reference to the variety of crises Greenert confronted in 2013, from extended deployments to budget woes to a minesweeper shipwreck.
Greenert, along with his wife, Darleen, sounded a warm tone to the backdrop of the caroling Navy Sea Chanters, who also make their third appearance. The video was filmed at CNO’s Tingey House residence on the Washington Navy Yard.
“This is a great season to get together with family and friends, but be safe – we want to see you after the holiday season,” Greenert said. “Merry Christmas.”
With nice establishing shots of the house and their Christmas tree, it’s fair to say that CNO has scored another hit after his Army-Navy football spirit spot that blew away the competition. Some observers will be disappointed that he didn’t sing, as he did in two of his previous videos. And while it may lack images like Santa on a submarine’s conning tower (St. Nick showed up in the 2012 video), most viewers will be please to see Greenert’s holiday message in jolly good form.