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SECNAV Spencer’s 2018 Veterans Day Message

By Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

One hundred years ago, the guns fell silent across Europe on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, of 1918. The armistice, which ended World War One, finally ended the most horrific warfare the world had ever seen and the world began its slow march to recovery that continues to this day.

We remember this war on November 11th and we remember the toll it took on nations across Europe and in every corner of the globe, but here in the United States we also use this day as an opportunity to remember those brave young Americans who left their homes and families to fight as the popular song went “Over There” they laid their lives on the line to people they’d never ever seen in far-off countries they’d never been and they made the critical difference, which helped bring the fighting to a close.

This was not the first time American troops had gone overseas to the aid of another nation nor would it be the last.

Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, it was American Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen who stepped forward to defend the freedom in World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and many other challenges around the globe. And so on November 11th, we honor them as well.

The 11th day of the 11th month marks not just the anniversary of one war where American troops made the difference, but a day to remember all of the generations of warriors that came before them and after we know this is Veterans Day.

And this Veterans Day, I hope you’ll join me in thanking someone who served whether mother, father, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, neighbor or friend, and also remember those who still keep the watch and stand guard for freedom on this very day. Take a moment not only to thank them, but ask them to share with you why they chose to defend global safety and security.

We owe them a debt that can never fully be repaid, but which always must be remembered.

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/11/10/secnav-spencers-2018-veterans-day-message/ U.S. Navy

SECNAV Spencer’s 243rd Marine Corps Birthday Message

By Richard V. Spencer
Secretary of the Navy

To our Marines, civilians, families, and friends:

For 243 years, United States Marines have set the standard for military excellence, ready to respond at any time, in any place, whenever there is a need.

One hundred years ago, the enemy called them the Devil Dogs for the way they turned the tide at Belleau Wood. Seventy-five years ago, the shores and jungles of Tarawa shook with the determined charge of United States Marines. And fifty years ago, Marines like Gunnery Sergeant John Canley imposed order on the chaotic urban battlefield of Hue.

WASHINGTON (Oct. 18, 2018) Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley, the 300th Marine Medal of Honor recipient, gives closing remarks at the Pentagon. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 1968, in the Republic of Vietnam, Canley, the company gunnery sergeant assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, took command of the company, led multiple attacks against enemy-fortified positions, rushed across fire-swept terrain despite his own wounds, and carried wounded Marines into Hue City, including his commanding officer, in order to relieve friendly forces who were surrounded. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daisha R. Johnson/Released)
WASHINGTON (Oct. 18, 2018) Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. John L. Canley, the 300th Marine Medal of Honor recipient, gives closing remarks at the Pentagon. From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, 1968, in the Republic of Vietnam, Canley, the company gunnery sergeant assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, took command of the company, led multiple attacks against enemy-fortified positions, rushed across fire-swept terrain despite his own wounds, and carried wounded Marines into Hue City, including his commanding officer, in order to relieve friendly forces who were surrounded. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Daisha R. Johnson/Released)

It was my honor to meet now Sergeant Major Canley (retired) and to add his name to the Hall of Valor following his receipt of the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was a reminder of the service and sacrifice of the unbroken line of patriots, from its beginning in the earliest days of the revolution, through the Marines it was my honor to serve alongside, to the warriors who stand watch throughout the globe today.

Polly and I are forever grateful for all that you, your families, and your loved ones do for our nation. Because of your hard work and dedication, the foundation for restoring readiness and increasing lethality has been set. But as we enter our 244th year of service, we must now build on that foundation with a committed sense of urgency. We are accountable for how and where we invest our time and our resources, and we must understand the readiness and lethality we gain from those investments.

Solve the problems in front of you. Send solutions up the chain, and empower those you command to do the same. Ask yourselves and each other how can we accomplish our mission better, faster, and more efficiently. With your help, I have no doubt we will leverage every resource, leading practice, and efficiency we can find with the professionalism, integrity, and accountability the American people have come to expect from the Corps after 243 years of honor and valor.

Happy Birthday, Marines. God bless you, God bless the United States Marine Corps, and God bless the United States of America. Semper Fi.

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/11/09/secnav-spencers-243rd-marine-corps-birthday-message/ U.S. Navy

State of the Department of the Navy

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the State of the Department of the Navy update.

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer will provide an update Wednesday, May 2 in the Pentagon press briefing room about the State of the Department of the Navy; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller will also participate and also answer questions about their respective services.

Live video is scheduled to begin 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Join the conversation on social media using #BlueGreenTeam.

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/05/02/state-of-the-department-of-the-navy/ U.S. Navy

Statements by SECNAV Richard V. Spencer and CNO Adm. John Richardson on Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Today, President Donald J. Trump ordered that the U.S. flag be flown at half-staff until sunset on Oct. 6 as a remark of response for the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 1.

Both Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson posted the below statements on their Facebook pages.

Statement by Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and loved ones affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas. The U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps team stand united against senseless acts of violence and our thoughts are with those in need today. Thank you to the first responders and medical staff, whose quick actions saved additional lives.”

 

Statement by Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson

“Dana and I are praying for the victims and families of the awful Las Vegas shooting. The Navy team stands with the people of Las Vegas against this heinous act of senseless violence.”

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/10/02/statements-by-secnav-richard-v-spencer-and-cno-adm-john-richardson-on-las-vegas-mass-shooting/ U.S. Navy

SECNAV’s Letter to the Force: Department of the Navy’s Mission, Vision and Priorities

On Aug. 29, 2017, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer released a memorandum that outlined the Department of the Navy mission, vision and priorities. The memo’s text is below. The original document is also available for download.

Sailors, Marines and Civilian Teammates,

As I stated in my confirmation hearing, I have discussed priorities that must be at the forefront of every action. Our mission, vision and priorities for the Department of the Navy are listed below.

I call upon you to make every effort count and to align your goals with our priorities. I look forward to making progress alongside you in these areas.

Mission: The Department of the Navy will recruit, train, equip and organize to deliver combat
ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through
sustained forward presence.

Vision: We are an integrated Naval force that will provide maritime dominance for the Nation.
To accomplish this in the face of current and emerging challenges, we must renew our sense of
urgency and speed of execution throughout the entire organization. Our core values and
accountability at the individual and organizational levels will shape our culture and guide our
actions.

Priorities: Our priorities center on People, Capabilities and Processes, and will be achieved by
our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships. Readiness, lethality and modernization are
the requirements driving these priorities.

People: Our military and civilian workforce is our greatest resource.

  • We will enhance the performance of our force by improving policies, programs and
    training.
  • The organization will capitalize on its best talent today, retain that talent over the long
    term, and find ways to continue to recruit the best people for the mission of the future.
  • Our military and civilian team will be measured against the highest ethical standards for
    every task and mission.

Capabilities: We will be capable of providing maritime dominance and power projection
required by the Nation.

  • The organization will focus on training, modernization and maintenance in order to
    achieve a high state of readiness and enhanced lethality, now and in the future.

Processes:  We must improve our processes in order for our people to meet future challenges.

  • We will drive efficiency, adopt and implement new ideas, and leverage leading practices
    from industry and academia to positively impact and support acquisition, manpower,
    research, and operational processes.

Our actions across these priorities will ensure mission success today and in the future.

 

Richard V. Spencer

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/08/29/secnavs-letter-to-the-force-department-of-the-navys-mission-vision-and-priorities/ U.S. Navy

SECNAV Spencer’s Message to the Navy and Marine Corps Team

On Aug. 3, 2017, Richard V. Spencer, a native of Connecticut, was sworn in as the 76th secretary of the Navy. The following is his opening statement:

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

Sailors, Marines and civilian teammates,

It is with great excitement and humility that I take on the role of your 76th Secretary of the Navy. The excitement is born from the challenges and opportunities that we face now and in the near future.

Due to your consistent ability to successfully deliver on all demands put before you, there is a commensurate level of expectation for more of the same going forward. Therein lies the challenge we face and prudency says we should expect that challenge to grow as the threats around the world continue to increase.

Within every challenge lies opportunity and I urge everyone to adopt that point of view. Every member involved in the Navy-Marine Corps team has the opportunity to make a contribution towards a more effective, versatile, resilient and lethal organization.

You, as a member of this team, will have access to a wide range of resources. Those resources must be applied in the most impactful manner possible in order to enhance our ability to deliver when called to fight. I look to each of you to seize the opportunity and contribute to enhancing the effort.

I am humbled to be in the position to lead an enterprise that is manned with such a stunning amount of proven talent. Our Nation’s all volunteer force, and supporting teammates, are second to none. That is because of you.

I believe that the most valuable asset within an organization is the high-performing human component. We will work together to ensure we have the best, sustainable environment in order to continue our history of delivering when requested.

Make no mistake, we are facing a threat level that has not been witnessed for quite some time and urgency is the manner in which we must all act as the complexity of threats increase in size and scope. We must all be focused on the pointed end of the spear.

I eagerly look forward to working with you as we step out to face the challenges set before us and embrace the opportunities that lie within those challenges.

Editor’s note: Follow SECNAV Spencer on social media at Facebook.com/SECNAV76 and at Twitter.com/SECNAV76.

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/08/03/secnav-spencers-message-to-the-navy-and-marine-corps-team/ U.S. Navy

SECNAV Spencer’s Message to the Navy and Marine Corps Team

On Aug. 3, 2017, Richard V. Spencer, a native of Connecticut, was sworn in as the 76th secretary of the Navy. The following is his opening statement:

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer

Sailors, Marines and civilian teammates,

It is with great excitement and humility that I take on the role of your 76th Secretary of the Navy. The excitement is born from the challenges and opportunities that we face now and in the near future.

Due to your consistent ability to successfully deliver on all demands put before you, there is a commensurate level of expectation for more of the same going forward. Therein lies the challenge we face and prudency says we should expect that challenge to grow as the threats around the world continue to increase.

Within every challenge lies opportunity and I urge everyone to adopt that point of view. Every member involved in the Navy-Marine Corps team has the opportunity to make a contribution towards a more effective, versatile, resilient and lethal organization.

You, as a member of this team, will have access to a wide range of resources. Those resources must be applied in the most impactful manner possible in order to enhance our ability to deliver when called to fight. I look to each of you to seize the opportunity and contribute to enhancing the effort.

I am humbled to be in the position to lead an enterprise that is manned with such a stunning amount of proven talent. Our Nation’s all volunteer force, and supporting teammates, are second to none. That is because of you.

I believe that the most valuable asset within an organization is the high-performing human component. We will work together to ensure we have the best, sustainable environment in order to continue our history of delivering when requested.

Make no mistake, we are facing a threat level that has not been witnessed for quite some time and urgency is the manner in which we must all act as the complexity of threats increase in size and scope. We must all be focused on the pointed end of the spear.

I eagerly look forward to working with you as we step out to face the challenges set before us and embrace the opportunities that lie within those challenges.

Editor’s note: Follow SECNAV Spencer on social media at Facebook.com/SECNAV76 and at Twitter.com/SECNAV76.

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/08/03/secnav-spencers-message-to-the-navy-and-marine-corps-team/ U.S. Navy