It Starts Now: Addressing Issues for Sailors and Families Living in Government and Public Private Venture Housing
Follow this blog to keep an eye on actions the U.S. Navy is taking to address the housing issues faced by Sailors and their families who live in government and public private venture (PPV) housing.
NAVADMIN 043/19, released Feb. 23 by Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith, stated that every Sailor residing in PPV or government housing will be afforded an opportunity for a visit from their command at their residence no later than April 15, 2019. The visits are to be strictly voluntary and by invitation only. The purpose of these visits is to raise Navy awareness of family living conditions, allow command leadership to personally observe any issues affecting the home, and understand any actions being taken to address them. If a problem is found, the visits serve as an opportunity to help Sailors and their families resolve the problem.
Just three days after the release of the NAVADMIN, CNO John Richardson and MCPON Russell Smith held a Facebook Live All-Hands Call where they both reiterated the information stated in NAVADMIN 043/19 to the audience and took questions directly regarding housing, and what action the Navy is taking to correct those issues head on.
MCPON Russell Smith went Feb. 27, to the the U.S. Capitol to testify to Congress about military personnel policies and military family readiness, and once again spoke on the issues with housing and what the Navy is doing to identify and correct them in the immediate future.
During a fleet engagement trip in March to visit with forward deployed Sailors, MCPON Russell Smith took time to inspect base housing and ensure it is adequate for the Sailors and their families. MCPON Smith set a precedence that this issue needs to be immediately addressed, and direct action needs to be taken from the highest leadership on down to the deck-plates.
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