Naval Aviation is at a key point in our storied history. Over the past 17 years, deployed Naval Aviation forces have excelled in the air and made a difference in the world. The tempo and pace of these operations, however, have taken a toll on our aircraft and people. Maintainers have struggled with limited parts to keep aircraft flying, and aircrews haven’t been able to execute fully the flight hours needed through all phases of the OFRP to build individual readiness, experience, tactical proficiency and lethality.
These factors, combined with administrative burdens, have led too many dedicated officers and sailors to become dissatisfied with the prospect of making Naval Aviation a career. As the Air Boss, I see first-hand the challenges we face as I visit bases and talk to our personnel. The key to addressing Naval Aviation's problems is prompt and honest communication with you, the fleet.