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CHIPS Articles: MCPON Giordano Visits NAVIFOR, Hosts Town Hall

MCPON Giordano Visits NAVIFOR, Hosts Town Hall
By Lt. Cmdr. Megan Shutka, NAVIFOR Public Affairs - February 1, 2017
SUFFOLK, Va. — Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano visited Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), Jan. 24.

Giordano, previously serving at NAVIFOR as the force master chief, hosted a town hall to include Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM), Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) South and NAVIFOR.

To begin the town hall, Giordano conducted the re-enlistment of Petty Officer 2nd Class (IW/SW) Joseph R. Picklo, an Intelligence Specialist from NCDOC. His family was in attendance to support him during the ceremony, to include his wife and two sons.

“Remember to always do the right thing when no one is looking,” said Picklo, after Giordano asked him to share a few words of inspiration with the audience during his re-enlistment ceremony. Picklo has currently served in the Navy for 11 years.

With the new administration, Sailors asked Giordano various questions ranging from what thoughts he had on future military pay and entitlements, the status on the policy of adoptions and how that may impact Sailors, the status of ratings in the Navy to what the new Secretary of Defense plans for policies on cybersecurity.

“With the recent rating changes, taking them away and then giving them back, I’m concerned the Navy has just been taught that if the outrage is loud enough, public enough, and from high enough, it will cause the highest levels of leadership to change their mind,” said Petty Officer 1st Class (IW/SG) Sean K. Greening, Jr., a Cryptologic Technician Collection from NAVIFOR with 10 years in the Navy. “Keeping that in mind, how has your office and the office of the CNO changed their approach to making these unpopular decisions?” asked Greening.

Giordano responded with saying he hosts town halls to hear feedback and the feedback he receives is then shared and communicated whenever he is testifying regarding proposals or changes on Sailors and the Navy.

“Always remember to serve with the CNO’s four core attributes in mind; integrity, accountability, initiative, and toughness,” concluded Giordano, reminding Sailors to live by the Navy’s core values.

Following the town hall, Giordano hosted an all hands call with the Chief’s Mess from all the Navy commands on the Suffolk complex. This included a group photo of Giordano with the entire Chief’s Mess from all the commands combined.

NAVIFOR' s mission is to support operational commanders ashore and afloat by providing combat-ready Information Warfare forces, which are forward deployable, fully trained, properly manned and capably equipped.

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Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano visited Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), Jan. 24. Giordano, previously serving at NAVIFOR as the force master chief, hosted a town hall to include Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM), Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) South and NAVIFOR. U.S. Navy Photo By Robert Fluegel.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano visited Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), Jan. 24. Giordano, previously serving at NAVIFOR as the force master chief, hosted a town hall to include Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM), Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) South and NAVIFOR. U.S. Navy Photo By Robert Fluegel.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano visited Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), Jan. 24. Giordano, previously serving at NAVIFOR as the force master chief, hosted a town hall to include Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM), Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) South and NAVIFOR. U.S. Navy Photo By Robert Fluegel.
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Steven S. Giordano visited Naval Information Forces (NAVIFOR), Jan. 24. Giordano, previously serving at NAVIFOR as the force master chief, hosted a town hall to include Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC), Naval Network Warfare Command (NAVNETWARCOM), Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) South and NAVIFOR. U.S. Navy Photo By Robert Fluegel.
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