PACFLT visits FLEACT Yokosuka forward-deployed forces

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Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Adm. Cecil Haney, speaks to 7th Fleet Sailors during an all-hands call at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka in the Fleet Theater as part of a routine stop in the area, Feb. 19.
Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), Adm. Cecil Haney, speaks to 7th Fleet Sailors during an all-hands call at Fleet Activities, Yokosuka in the Fleet Theater as part of a routine stop in the area, Feb. 19.

PACFLT visits FLEACT Yokosuka forward-deployed forces

by: Story and photos by Greg Mitchell, Fleet Activities, Yokosuka Public Affairs | .
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published: February 23, 2013

 

Sailors from various commands at Fleet Activities,  (FLEACT) Yokosuka gathered in the Fleet Theater to attend  an an all hands call with U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)  Commander Adm. Cecil Haney, Feb. 19.
 
Haney spoke before a capacity crowd with regards to several hot topics.
 
One of which was the fiscal economy.
 
Prior to his speech, senior leadership expressed to the admiral that most Sailors in the area of responsibility were  also concerned with the pending fiscal cliff, sequestration,  and how that would potentially affect their ability to deploy  and perform their duties.
 
“When you look at our history particularly since World  War I, World War II – Korean War, Vietnam War etc., every  time we come off of a major conflict we have done this  thing of reductions associated with the defense budget so  do I expect a reduction of some sort as we do wrap up the  business in Afghanistan? Absolutely. You should expect  that too. The real key is that hopefully this decision will be  made with a lot of thinking.”
 
“The one thing that I would ask you to keep in mind is that when you look at the Pacific, the western Pacific where  you’re located at, we have never slacked off in terms of 
keeping capability out here to do the business that we must.”  said Haney, as he referred to the presidents’ commitment of  the pivot to Asia.
 
“As we adjust with the strategy that was signed by the president that gives a certain  rebalancing to the Asian Pacific – that has not stopped,” said Haney. “The good news is  wherever I have gone I have seen those improvements up to now. The real question will be  will we continue to be able to modernize while at the same time sustain ourselves through the maintenance, through the training, flying hours and what have you, while we move forward.” 
 
During the visit, Haney also spoke briefly about the importance of Sailors maintaining  their responsibilities as unofficial ambassadors of the United States while serving in uniform  in the host nation, due to the misconduct of Sailors and Marines over the past five months.
 
“I know that 99.9 percent of the population here are doing good things and are not in  that category of bad behavior,” said Haney. “But this is an all hands on deck approach that I  expect so that people are also on the team looking for solutions. I see still too many alcohol  related incidents of folks that work for me. And quite frankly I have to ask, what were they  thinking? This business of joining the military and donning the uniform does not mean that we  are invincible. Yes we do the PRT (Physical Readiness Test) and so many things physically,  but that doesn’t mean that we have a high tolerance for drinking as many alcoholic drinks  as we think we can.”
 
According to Haney, he is not a fan of the current liberty policy.
 
“I am not proud of the liberty policy,” said Haney. “I would like to say that my sailors  across the board are professionals such that its’ not required. Unfortunately, some of the data  suggest otherwise and that’s why there is a certain differential between certain pay grades.  What I ask you to do is again, use an all hands on deck approach and bring some of your  ideas. If you decide to drink alcohol, do it responsibly.”
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