Message from the 78th SECNAV

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RMKS/1.  To our Sailors, Marines, civilian employees, and their families and 
loved ones: 
Today, together, we again embrace the most sacred duty  defending our nation 
and working to build a world more defined by peace than conflict. 
I join you as someone who loves the Navy who spent 26 years in uniform and 
another 17 striving to make sure you had the capabilities you needed to 
fulfill your mission effectively and safely.  Serving you as your 78th 
Secretary of the Navy is a high honor.  It also carries grave 
responsibilities to which I will dedicate all my skill and devotion. 
You should also know I have a bias for action. 
Our Navy and our nation face critical challenges on multiple fronts. 
Like Secretary Austin, I view our most pressing challenges as the four Cs - 
China, Culture, Climate, and Covid, and we need the resources and 
capabilities to address each now. China is determined to reduce our military 
superiority.  We will not let this happen.  We will deter China's aggression, 
protect our national security, and preserve the peace.  Our determination, 
our skill, and our courage will demonstrate our strength and conviction. 
Culture comes down to one goal.  Every Sailor and Marine of all races, 
genders, religions, and ethnicities must treat one another with dignity and 
respect.  This is not just about doing the right thing.  It is about ensuring 
our Navy and Marine Corps will be the most talented, most combat ready, most 
committed force possible. 
Climate change exacerbates every challenge we face, from naval installations 
to frequent deployments.  It is also a global struggle for resources that 
demands ingenuity and innovation.  It demands solutions that mitigate climate 
damage while ensuring our operational success and competitive edge. 
Lastly, we must combat Covid.  This means we must continue to vaccinate our 
naval forces with expedience.  If we are not vaccinated, we are neither 
deployable nor combat ready.  Immediately, the Navy and Marine Corps will 
make every effort to vaccinate and care for our force and defeat the scourge 
Covid has inflicted on our troops. 
Both our nation's security and your success as Sailors and Marines require 
your enthusiastic, unwavering commitment.  We will succeed or fail 
together.  Accordingly, with a leadership ethos forged as a Destroyer 
Captain, I will strive to be direct and transparent with you about what we 
need to accomplish together. 
Please know your safety and welfare will always be paramount to me, and I 
will work tirelessly with you to meet the challenges that lie ahead. 
To do this, we must possess the resources needed to expand our 
capabilities.  I will make that my top priority.  I am committed to ensuring 
you have the tools and training you need to succeed.  Just as I am committed 
to confronting our maintenance backlog, managing our operational 
requirements, and building our Navy of the future. 
When I began my Navy career over 40 years ago, as a midshipman at the U.S. 
Naval Academy, I looked up to then Secretary of the Navy Edward 
Hidalgo.  Like me, he was an immigrant to this nation and, like me, his 
experience taught him why the world needs a strong U.S. Navy.  Most of all, I 
understood that while I served our nation, he also served me. 
The same is true today.  I am your Secretary of the Navy focused on your and 
our collective promise to our Constitution and nation. 
We will succeed together.  It has never been more important that we do. 
Finally, a personal note.  My wife Betty and I well understand the sacrifices 
your loved ones make and how crucial they are to our success.  We are both 
honored to be back once again working shoulder-to-shoulder with you.  We look 
forward to getting out to the fleet and meeting you all soon. 
Full Speed Ahead. 
2.  Released by the Honorable Carlos Del Toro, Secretary of the Navy.// 

SECNAV’s 100 Day Message

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ALNAV 083/20



RMKS/1.  Shipmates, in my first 100 days as your Secretary, I have had 
several opportunities to engage with many of you across the fleet.  As some 
of you may have heard during my confirmation hearing, re-establishing a 
strong culture starting with leadership, trust up and down the chain of 
command, upholding good order and discipline, and empowering people to 
embrace their responsibilities have all been top priorities for me.  My 
conversations with many of you have filled me with great pride and confidence 
in where our force is headed.  These interactions reinforced what I already 
knew when I took this job:  our Navy and Marine Corps is composed of a 
remarkably talented force of our finest Americans, executing difficult 
missions with commitment, perseverance, and excellence every day.
I fully recognize you routinely perform your duties under austere conditions, 
the challenges of which have only grown during the global Coronavirus Disease
2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.  I am acutely aware of the strain that cancelled 
port visits, increased family separation, and PCS challenges have had on you 
as you've continued to protect our nation during this pandemic.  I know many 
of you joined the Navy to see the world as did I when I joined in 1990  and I 
want each of you to be able to demonstrate to the world the best our nation 
produces.  I promise you we will loosen restrictions as soon as it is safe to 
do so.

The best part of serving as our Secretary is getting out to the fleet and 
talking with the remarkable Sailors and Marines who are accomplishing our 
mission every day.  I am in fact returning from Pearl Harbor as I write this. 
I enjoy taking questions because it keeps me up-to-date on the issues that 
each of you face.

Questions about educational benefits, particularly Tuition Assistance (TA), 
are the most common queries I get.  First, it is terrific that so many 
Sailors and Marines are taking advantage of the educational opportunities 
offered by our Department.  It is one of the greatest benefits of serving in 
uniform.  Education not only makes us a more effective Naval Force, but 
increases employment options for Sailors and Marines after leaving the 
service.  Last year, 43,000 personnel took advantage of TA  so many, in fact, 
that we ran out of TA money.  Unfortunately, this meant that some TA requests 
were denied, which disrupted many individual's college plans.  To ensure that 
every Sailor and Marine could apply for TA, we temporarily capped the number 
of credit hours at 12 per year.  In order to remove the cap, we have 
requested more funding for the program to prevent future funding shortages.  
I would like each of you to receive all the education you can complete.
We are also pursuing accreditation for the Navy Community College program so 
that the courses you take can count towards a degree program.  Additionally, 
if your operational schedule permits, you will be able to take courses while 
at sea or deployed through the Navy College Program for Afloat College 
Education.  This program currently offers 332 distance learning courses that 
are self-contained and do not require internet connectivity.
Recently while in San Diego, I was also asked if women would be able to serve 
on Columbia-Class submarines, our planned replacement for Ohio-Class 
ballistic missile submarines.  Yes!  I am happy to report that berthing 
facilities for Columbia are being designed to allow mixed gender crews, 
allowing women to continue to integrate and excel in our submarine force.
Finally, I received a great question from a Sailor who was unable to take the 
SAT or ACT due to testing center closures because of COVID-19; this meant his 
Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) application was incomplete for reasons beyond his 
control.  Thanks to his question, your shipmates here in the Secretariat are 
working to ensure that those who were unable to take the SATs or ACTs due to
COVID-19 will not be disadvantaged at the STA-21 selection board.
Please continue to ask questions like these  they help identify the gaps and 
the issues that are sometimes overlooked.  My direction to leadership at all 
levels is to provide responsive, transparent guidance ensuring you receive 
the support you require to do your jobs to the best of your ability!
I am looking forward to meeting many more of you and hearing what is on your 
mind as I travel throughout the fleet.  I am committed to building an even 
more capable force while improving the quality of life for you and your 
families.  Finally, I am looking forward to sharing with you some more 
exciting announcements in the very near future.  In the interim, continue to 
do the great job you are doing every day  the one I tell all Americans I meet 
how proud I am of each of you.  And as always, thank you for all that you do 
to protect our nation, around the world every minute of every day.  It is the 
greatest honor to serve at your side.  Full speed ahead!

2.  Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the 

SECNAV’s 30-Day Message to the Department of the Navy

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RMKS/1.  Shipmates, nothing in my career could bring me more pride than to be 
back with you as part of Our Navy-Marine Corps Team.  In my first month as 
Your Secretary, its been my honor to exchange elbow greetings with many of 
you.  Ive met with Marines in the field and Sailors at sea.  Ive seen the 
urgency of dedicated service each of you bring to your mission and the 
strength you bring to Our Team.  I am inspired by the work you do every day 
to keep our country safe.  And I am, most especially, proud of each one of 
you as you exhibit Service Above Self!  As you stand watch around the world, 
I know your thoughts turn to events at home.  From the ongoing COVID-19 
pandemic to the continuing struggle for racial equality, our Nation is 
confronting many complex challenges.  Our naval force is unfortunately not 
immune from these challenges, and we should not turn away from the hard 
questions.  During my recent visit to Naval Air Station Oceana, Our Shipmate 
Aviation Machinists Mate Airman Josiah Crosby asked me about racial 
disparities in the force.  I applauded his courage and initiative in bringing 
up this important topic to address something that has plagued our nation 
since its birth.  Thank you, Josiah!  We need to talk about equality and 
justice if we are going to create the One Team approach we strive to attain.  
And we must act on those hard conversations, throughout the ranks and across 
the force, right up to the desk of the Secretary of the Navy.
All of us serve in the wake of courageous African American Sailors and 
Marines like Master Chief Petty Officer Carl M. Brashear, the Montfort Point 
Marines, and Vice Admiral Samuel Gravely, Jr.  They inspire us in our service 
and our determination to expand opportunity and equality throughout our force 
as they remind us that their actions in serving others was based on the right 
"ism" - Patriotism!   We must also however, bear the legacy of those who 
stood in their way.   Segregation and injustice didnt happen by accident.  It 
was a reflection of society.  Thankfully, African American Sailors like John 
Lawson, Medal of Honor recipient, proudly served in the Navy during the Civil 
and Spanish American Wars.  Many of his African American Shipmates made the 
ultimate sacrifice during these same wars.  Sadly even in the aftermath of 
such courageous action, it took conscious decisions, many from the very 
office I now hold, to deny them that same opportunity in the Navy and Marine 
Corps during World Wars I and II.  It also took conscious decisions and 
behaviors at every level to begin to change that culture of oppression, 
harassment and inequality.  I am reminded of the first African-American Naval 
Aviator, Ensign Jesse L. Brown, who was shot down in Korea and the actions of 
his Caucasian squadron mate, Lieutenant Junior Grade Thomas J. Hudner, who 
purposely crashed his plane next to Ensign Brown in an attempt to save his 
life.  So it takes conscious decisions like Lieutenant Junior Grade Hudners 
to make it right.  We must never forget that equal treatment, equal justice, 
and equal opportunity require continuous, determined effort.  Alongside 
Admiral Michael M. Gilday and General David H. Berger, I am committed to 
confronting inequities in our command environment and military justice 
system.  I am determined to ensure a command environment that encourages the 
hard questions, and stands ready to work alongside you to find the right 
answers.  "United" is, and always will be, the most important word in "United 
States Navy and Marine Corps."  So talk to your Shipmates.  Speak up to your 
leadership.  Listen to your subordinates and get this issue out in the light. 
Work together to identify root causes and build lasting solutions.  Learn 
from one another and help us all unite and move forward as One Navy-Marine 
Corps Team.  Full Speed Ahead!

2.  Released by the Honorable Kenneth J. Braithwaite, Secretary of the 

77th Secretary of the Navy Sworn in Friday

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Here’s a link to the Navy Times article:

77th Secretary of the Navy Sworn in Friday

Here’s a link to his first message:

Message From 77th Secretary of the Navy

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Accepts Resignation of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly

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Today (ed: which was actually yesterday), Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper accepted the resignation of Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly and announced that he is appointing current Army Undersecretary Jim McPherson as Acting Secretary of the Navy. For Secretary Esper’s statement, please click here.

SECNAV Wants Your Ideas for COVID-19 Response

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Here is a quote from the SENAV’s 17th weekly vector:

Sometimes even the most unlikely person steps up with an idea, with inspiration, with
confidence, and leads when they are needed most. In this time of national crisis, that person may be YOU…I’ve asked the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marine Corps to think creatively about how the entire Department of the Navy can further assist our civilian sisters and brothers, directly and indirectly. They (and we) need to hear your ideas, too. We have set up an email address to capture all of them and every one of them will matter, because good ideas have no rank: