The chief of naval personnel (CNP) and fleet master chief responsible for manpower in the Navy visited forward deployed units in the Arabian Gulf to meet with Sailors, Aug. 9 and 10.
Vice Adm. William Moran, CNP, and Fleet Master Chief April Beldo, Moran’s senior enlisted advisor, spoke to the crew of the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) during a televised all-hands call on Site TV where they addressed Sailors’ questions.
“It’s great to be here, and we’ve been here all day talking to a lot of Sailors from many departments,” said Moran. “We got a lot of great feedback during our conversations with them, and we appreciate it.”
Moran and Beldo received questions from Sailors and discussed topics such as retirement plans, benefits, advancement policy, rating billets, and sea and hazardous pay.
“We’re trying to stabilize advancement opportunities for all of the rates in the Navy,” said Moran. “There are some rates that are really tough. We are trying to figure out ways to increase opportunities so when Sailors take the exam they have a better chance to advance to the next pay grade.”
Recently, more than 50 1st class petty officers throughout the strike group were selected to advance to chief petty officer. Moran took time to acknowledge and congratulate the chief selects for their hard work and dedication to the Navy.
George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group (GHWB CSG) deployed Feb. 15 and is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.