2014-01-24 / Faith Community

VCNO Visits Students at Naval Station

(U.S. Navy photo by James E. Foehl ) (U.S. Navy photo by James E. Foehl ) Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mark E. Ferguson completed a two-day visit to Naval Station Newport last week, meeting with officers and senior enlisted students at several training commands on the base.

Adm. Ferguson was greeted by Rear Adm. Walter E. Carter Jr., Naval War College president, who said it was important for the students to hear directly from the Navy's senior leaders.

During the visit, Ferguson met with students at the Naval War College, Surface Warfare Officers School, U.S. Naval Academy Prep School, and the Senior Enlisted Academy. He also met with prospective major commanders, commanding officers, executive officers, Command Master Chiefs, and Chiefs of the Boat who are attending the Command Leadership School. "This was a great opportunity to engage senior enlisted leaders and officers at various points along the leader development continuum and to underscore the importance of accountability and ethical behavior," explained Ferguson.

"One of Navy's greatest strengths is our people and their ability to operate independently guided by our ethos and innovative thinking. The leadership touchstones we've instituted here at Command Leadership School, Senior Enlisted Academy, and others are key to developing the leaders we need to guide the force into the future," he added.

The VCNO also emphasized that students should continue to focus on ethical standards during their courses of study in Rhode Island. "Professional competence, ethical conduct and accountability are at the core of our ethos. These are the foundation of the bond between our sailors and their commanding officers," Ferguson said. "I expect our leaders to uphold the highest standards of personal and professional behavior."

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