Chief of Naval Personnel pays visit to Jacksonville, Kings Bay Sailors

Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke is conducting his first fleet engagement this week since becoming CNP and is visiting Sailors assigned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia.

“It is really important to me that Fleet Master Chief April Beldo and I meet with Sailors throughout the Fleet to listen to their concerns and feedback, especially how we can make Sailor 2025 even better,” said Burke. “I want Sailors to understand that we’re working on their behalf, and that their input helps makes Sailor 2025 as well as our other programs and policies the very best they can be.”

During the visit, Burke and Beldo will conduct a series of all hands calls with Sailors assigned to various commands throughout the southeast region. In addition to listening to Sailors’ concerns, they will also discuss recent department personnel announcements, focusing on Sailor 2025 initiatives.

“While our priority remains to keep the fleet fully and properly manned, we are modernizing how Sailors manage their careers, pay and personnel issues, and how we attract new recruits to join our force,” said Burke. “Our Sailor 2025 efforts are focused on empowering our Sailors, modernizing our personnel policies and operating systems and providing the right training at the right time to our force.”

This visit marks the first time Burke will meet with Sailors in the region as CNP.

As the Chief of Naval Personnel, Burke answers to the Chief of Navy Operations on matters of the Navy’s manpower readiness. He also serves as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education/N1) and oversees the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navy Personnel Command, Naval Education and Training Command, and Navy Recruiting Command.