By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cody Hendrix
YOKOSUKA, Japan – Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) Vice Adm. Bill Moran and Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Fleet Master Chief April Beldo visited the U.S. Navy’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), Jan. 11.
Moran, the Navy’s top personnel officer, made his first visit to Ronald Reagan after a recent hull swap with the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73).
“Where you just moved to, in this part of the world, is the most important mission the U.S. Navy has today,” said Moran. “It is front and center and face to face with a potential adversary. It’s important to make sure they understand us and to make sure we understand them. I’m really proud of what the USS Ronald Reagan represents.”
During his visit, Moran toured the ship and sat down with enlisted Sailors to discuss various topics over lunch, including changes to the physical fitness assessment and Career Management System/Interactive Detailing.
“It was refreshing to sit down with Vice Adm. Moran,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class Corey Black, from Kansas City, Missouri. “He was straight to the point and didn’t provide all that extra fluff that a lot of higher ups are known for.”
Moran and Beldo also held all hands calls with officers, chief petty officers, and junior Sailors throughout the day, touching on personnel policies that affect Sailors fleet wide.
“We heard plenty of things that we need to improve on to take care of our Sailors,” said Moran. “We’ve got our work cut out for us. We’ve worked hard to make sure we’ve done as much as we can, as well as we can, but we know that we haven’t done everything perfect. There’s more work to be done.”
Moran’s visit to Reagan was one of many visits to various commands throughout the Pacific this month to meet with Sailors and discuss the policies that affect them.