Hello team, CNO Richardson here with my wife Dana. You know Thanksgiving has always been a great family holiday and that’s why we chose this time to roll out the Navy Family Framework.

Since the very beginning of the Navy, for our entire 242 years, families have always been an essential part to naval power.

Since the very beginning of the Navy, for our entire 242 years, families have always been an essential part to naval power.

Mrs. Richardson: And our personal story in the Navy, we’ve been in for 35 years. We’ve had 21 moves, five kids, they’ve been to dozens of schools, but that’s our identity and that’s what we’re proud of. The kids are proud of my husband’s service and we’re very thankful to you and your families for your service.

CNO: And so what we did is we talked to hundreds of Sailors and hundreds of families around the Fleet and from those conversations tried to capture those very best practices. Where is it working in our Navy the very best?

Where are our families contributing the most? Where is the Navy team best supporting the families? We roll all of those best practices up and we put them in the Navy Family Framework. And so there are a number of specific goals that the framework lays out.

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 28, 2017) Operations Specialist 1st Class Charles Hammond, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), hugs his daughter upon arriving home. Sterett concluded a five-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region under the command of U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Logan C. Kellums/Released)
SAN DIEGO (Aug. 28, 2017) Operations Specialist 1st Class Charles Hammond, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett (DDG 104), hugs his daughter upon arriving home. Sterett concluded a five-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region under the command of U.S. 3rd Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Logan C. Kellums/Released)

Mrs. Richardson: So the goals that we’re talking about are:

  • Improving family readiness
  • Making the spouse training opportunities available to everybody and easy to access
  • Get families the information that they need
  • Make sure we connect those commands to the families.

And in doing those things we will make our families stronger.

CNO: And a stronger family means a stronger fleet okay? We do, as Dana said, have so much to be thankful for – we all do together – thankful to be in our Navy, thankful to have the strong families that we have.

We also recognize that on this holiday like all holidays there are some families that will not be together. Their Sailors are deployed around the world protecting our freedom, protecting our ability to come together in peace. And so we especially want to be thankful for that sacrifice during the holidays.

So let’s get to it.