Vice Adm. Bill Moran took command Aug. 2 as your new chief of naval personnel. He’s taking the reins at an uneasy time for Navy manpower.
In a short video posted today, Moran acknowledges as much to sailors:
“We are in the midst of a challenging operational and fiscal environment,” Moran says. “And as I take the watch, my staff and I are determined to communicate with you, hear what we know, and in some cases, what we don’t know.”
Unfortunately, there are a lot of those unknowns right now. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, successfully raised eyebrows last week when he revealed that cutting three carrier strike groups was on the table. (Here’s our take on that drastic scenario.)
It was interesting that Hagel spoke in terms of ships, not sailors. But it’s clear that such a dramatic force structure change would equate to cutting tens of thousands of people.
It’s good to see Moran – a P-3 pilot and former director of Air Warfare – taking a proactive stance this early in his tenure and touting transparency. He sat down with Navy Times on Wednesday for an informal discussion and is promising to get out the fleet and hear what sailors have to say.
Moran already has visits on the books for the coming weeks to Millington, Tenn., Great Lakes, Ill., and Norfolk, Va.
So, what message do you have for your new personnel boss?