Story and photo by Paul Long, FLEACT, Yokosuka Public Affairs
(YOKOSUKA, Japan) – The 30th Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, visited Fleet Activities, (FLEACT) Yokosuka, May 29, as part of his Asian tour.
Before Greenert spoke to an overflow crowd at the Fleet Theater, he re-enlisted two Sailors and frocked four more.
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Yesenia Schenck, assigned to the Naval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare Center(NOAC), Yokosuka, Japan on board FLEACT, Yokosuka, re-enlisted for three more years in the Navy with the CNO.
“Not many Sailors get the chance to re-enlist with the CNO,” said Schenck. “For this to be my first re-enlistment, it was a great opportunity.”
After Greenert honored the frocked petty officers, he spoke to the audience and reminded the Sailors how important their forward presence is in this part of the world.
“We are where it matters, when it matters,” Greenert said. “If we’re not where it matters, when it matters, then things go wrong. Where it matters most is the Asia-Pacific region and this is the most important part of the world. What you do those of you who sail on ships and those of you who are stationed out here on shore, is the most important thing that we’ve got going.”
Greenert was visiting Japan, not only to hear from the Sailors, civilians, and their family members, but to re-affirm the relationship with the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.
“The most important part of the re-balance (of U.S. military forces to Asia) is the relationship with the Japanese,” said Greenert. “The relationship with Japan centers in Yokosuka. It starts with the mayor, the George Washington strike group and all of her supporting elements. We get that right and we’re set. ”
Greenert concluded his remarks, by emphasizing stronger alliances with South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, and Australia.