Among the privileges of commanding U.S. Fleet Forces was the opportunity to visit the Fleet and to witness the professionalism, ingenuity, and adaptability of our Sailors firsthand. During my tour, I spent a week in the Central Command area of responsibility, much of that time with our troops, many of them individual augmentees, global war on terrorism support augmentees, and mobilized reservists. Across the board, I was amazed by their superb performance and broad portfolio.
We have asked these men and women to go into unusual locations, perform duties for which there has been little formal training, and overcome challenges that few could have anticipated.
Not surprisingly, they have excelled. At almost every level, joint commanders told me, Sailors bring uniquely inherent analytic skills and adaptability, and have been critical to the success of operations in CENTCOM. In the process, every one of them is helping to expand the role of the Navy in protecting our nation.