Camp Lemonnier Receives a Visit from the Chief of Naval Operations
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, accompanied by his wife, Darleen, toured the base, performed a re-enlistment ceremony, spoke with sailors at an all hands call and answered sailors' questions.
The CNO spoke about his Sailing Directions, the current challenges the Navy faces today, and how he sees the Navy combating those challenges now and in the years to come. Progress is being tracked by three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.
"You're here for a very important part of our Navy's future. Take care of each other. Your stress level is different. You're in a different environment. Look out for one another", said Greenert.
Admiral Greenert referenced his position report as a means to assess the effects of "set and drift" on the status of the U.S. Navy. "Things have come up that need our attention now. We have got work to do on sexual assauLieutenant The numbers are not going down," he said.
Greenert stated training programs and strategies are being implemented to train members how to submit reports correctly and to encourage people to make the reports.
"It's a safety issue. Everybody needs to have a safe environment to work in. When we buckle down and understand that something's a safety problem, we can get this right," he said.
Other effects of set and drift include higher suicide rates, increased OPTEMPO, and manning at sea.
"For the last two years, we've been raising manning in Navy billets, raising billets at sea, and now we have to tweak this so we have the right billets at sea-predominately leadership billets," he said.
He praised the work being performed in Djibouti by military forces.
"What you do is incredibly important. You're at one of the most important areas of the world; a strategic location and you're making headway. Thanks for what you're doing here and thanks for your families' support," he said.
Adm. Greenert concluded his tour with a visit to the Japanese Self-Defense Force Base.
Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is located in the Horn of Africa and is the only U.S military base in Africa providing a platform for operations by U.S. and coalition forces. The camp is the primary base of operations for U.S. Africa Command in the Horn of Africa and supports 27 tenant commands.