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COMNAVSURFOR Hosts “Admiral’s Calls” in Hawaii
By: Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii  - Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, hosted a series of Admiral’s calls while visiting Pacific Fleet headquarters and the Pearl Harbor waterfront Sep. 17.

During his visit to the region, Curtis met with Sailors in a series of waterfront engagements to update Hawaii-based personnel on the status of the Surface Forces and solicit feedback. Curtis, who was in the town to meet with Adm. Patrick Walsh, perspective Commander, Pacific Fleet in advance of next month’s change of command, met with division officers, department heads and commanding and executive officers from seven different commands.

“There is a lot to be proud of throughout the Surface Community,” said Curtis. “It is important for all Surface Warriors to understand the good things that are occurring and to know that their hard work is appreciated. I always find it valuable to hold these types of meetings; they allow me to pass on information and to get firsthand waterfront feedback.”

In each of his meetings Curtis talked about SWO Pride, the importance of Force readiness, growing professional development initiatives and the future of the Surface Fleet. He urged the audience to keep their standards high, to take advantage of the myriad of opportunities available to them, and to help tell the Surface story.

“Surface Warriors are the heart of our Navy,” said Curtis. “Our Sailors and our ships must be ready at all times to meet the challenges that lay ahead in support of our Maritime Strategy and Combatant Commander tasking. As the personal needs of our Sailors and their families change, we are working hard to ensure that we develop new programs and mechanisms to meet those needs, at the same time continuing to create opportunities for personal and professional development. The numbers say that our focus on work-life balance is having an effect.”

Those in attendance expressed their gratitude at Curtis’ willingness to take time out of a busy schedule to facilitate an informative and candid conversation about Surface Forces.

“Today’s events were both informative and motivating,” said LCDR Julie Sellerberg, Operations Officer, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. “Admiral Curtis’ remarks were well received by all in attendance. It is not everyday that you get a first hand update and get to ask direct questions of your Surface Force Commander.”

Vice Admiral D.C. Curtis is the third commander of Naval Surface Forces and the 15th commander of the Pacific Fleet’s Naval Surface Force. Naval Surface Forces provides warships ready for tasking to combatant commanders, with a focus on providing well-trained, highly effective, and technologically superior surface ships and Sailors. To sustain peak levels of combat readiness, Naval Surface Forces equips over 160 ships and over 50 support units with the necessary training, tools, maintenance and materials to successfully accomplish their mission across the entire spectrum of warfare operations.

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