Team, at the end of this month, we will formally disestablish Second Fleet and officially commence operations as a merged and restructured USFF. Though physical consolidation and relocation efforts will continue well into 2012, I want to take a moment to acknowledge and recognize the extraordinary amount of work and due diligence that has underpinned the merge process to date. Commencing with the initial Red Team assessment in February and continuing throughout RDML Craig's assignment as my direct representative on all matters related to the consolidation, you have ably supported the effort to design and place in effect an organization that can span the tactical, operational and strategic - our unique battlespace.
Most impressively, you - both USFF and C2F - have done so while simultaneously meeting our primary mission of delivering combat-ready Fleet units to the Combatant Commanders.
The importance of "getting it right" cannot be overstated, as was demonstrated during Hurricane Irene. VADM Holloway and his superb team of professionals were proactive and fully engaged throughout all phases of the Fleet sortie, ensuring we protected the Fleet and then rapidly reconstituted in an orderly sequence, in order to continue our mission. The agility and speed of decision displayed by VADM Holloway and his staff must be fully embedded in the culture, processes and mindset of the consolidated organization so that we can deliver a commensurate level of service to the Fleet during future contingency events.
I firmly believe that we have a solid, well-thought plan that must now be fully and vigorously executed in the weeks ahead. As VADM Buss and his team continue to deep-dive into the various roles and responsibilities of N01 and CTF-20, I want to reiterate that your feedback and objective assessment is critically important to a successful merger. Without doubt there are still areas for improvement, and we have seams/gaps that must be addressed - this is why VADM Buss is conducting his own deep dives. If you see something that is not quite right, you need to say something, professionally and through the right channels. The Fleet depends on us to do this.
Again my thanks to each of you for the collective effort in this endeavor. This report to you, my team, will be the last of my routine bi-weekly consolidation updates; future updates will be provided as needed.
All the best, JCHjr