USA: Chief of Naval Operations Attends Navy-Marine Corps Ball March 24
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert and his wife Darleen attended the Navy-Marine Corps Ball March 24 to show their support for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), a non-profit organization.
“Darleen and I were honored to be part of the Navy-Marine Corps Ball this evening,” Greenert said. “It’s a terrific event to benefit an organization that has time-and-again helped our Sailors and Marines in need.”
Greenert said throughout the NMCRS’s existence, countless Sailors, Marines and Navy-Marine Corps families have been helped by the organization.
“For over a hundred years this organization has been taking care of our Sailors and Marines,” Greenert said.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett also attended the event, emphasizing the importance of the charity from the top down.
Greenert and Amos spoke together at the event and praised NMCRS for the full range of support they provide to service members and dependents.
Greenert said last year alone, about 4,000 NMCRS volunteers took care of more than 96,000 Sailors, Marines and their families with more than $50 million of donations used to help provide financial assistance and care for those service members and dependents in times when they needed it the most.
In his closing remarks, Greenert thanked the audience of caring leaders, program supporters and a special group of combat casualty assistance nurses who provide in-home care and encouragement for wounded warriors as well as support for their family members.
“Today there’s 100 ships deployed, 145 underway, 50,000 of our Sailors are out deployed and probably over 100,000 are underway with hundreds of thousands of family members supporting them, worrying about them and taking care of them, as have so many of you out there tonight-thank you for taking care of those family members and those kids,” Greenert said.
Naval Today Staff , March 27, 2012; Image: navy