Team, as satisfying as it was to see our forces successfully carry out the raid ordered by our Commander-in-Chief and bring final justice to the mass-murderer Osama bin Laden, we are still in the midst of a brutal global campaign against the Al Qaida terrorist organization and its many branches around the world.
I personally could not be more proud of the intelligence and special operations professionals who worked very hard for so long to carry out this raid. Our forces trained hard, prepared exhaustively, stayed focused and, when the call came in, they executed superbly (as they always do). These quiet professionals have proven time and again they are absolutely the best at what they do. We are truly honored to serve alongside them.
While Osama Bin Laden’s death is a very significant milestone in our fight against Al Qaida, it does not end it. Make no mistake about it, we are still at war, and our men and women are still in Afghanistan, and on many other battlefields, taking the fight to the enemy. And while the enemy may be weakened, they are not defeated. Al Qaida is still active and pursuing every opportunity to harm our nation and we must not let them succeed. Now is not the time to become complacent and relax our defenses. We must all remain vigilant.
Know your job in our current Force Protection Condition and be sure your shipmates know theirs. Our goal is to present hard targets to our enemies and make them realize they cannot attack our ships, bases and air stations with impunity. Our task to secure the homeland goes 24/7/365, just as our Navy is forward deployed around the clock, around the globe. We are ALWAYS on the job.
All the best, JCHjr