From Special from Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West released the following Navy Reserve birthday message to the fleet March 1.
As the Navy Reserve celebrates 97 years of service, I am reminded of the integral part Navy Reservists have played in their service to our nation. Even though we have always had an operational Navy Reserve, we have relied heavily on our strategic reserve force in order to meet various Naval and joint military missions since the terrorist attacks in 2001.
Our Sailor's Creed begins with "I am a United States Sailor," and as I travel throughout our Navy, and witness the work of our active and reserve Sailors working as a team, I know, these warriors need no such reminder.
There is no difference in the quality of work and amount of dedication being brought to the mission. There is no difference in the high regard with which our core values and Navy standards and traditions are held. There is no difference in the level of sacrifice experienced during long deployments and periods of separation. We are one Force working side by side in all corners of the world; a Total Force integrated and executing the Navy's mission wherever and whenever called.
Reservists lead a double life to remain mission-ready, able to handle the demands of the Navy, and maintain a civilian career complete with its own demands and challenges. Reservists are studying for advancement in the Navy, while continuing to prove their worthiness for a promotion in their civilian careers. I'm sure it even feels at times like they are working two full-time jobs, complete with the weekday phone calls, emails, GMTs and pre- and post-deployment workups.
I am proud of the operational capabilities our Navy Reserve provides every day ... these capabilities are made possible by our outstanding Sailors, their families and civilian employers. Reserve Sailors understand more than anyone, the need to be Ready Now, Anytime, Anywhere. It is more than just a motto, it is a lifestyle.
To our more than 64,000 Navy Reserve Sailors, thank you and your families for your honor, courage and commitment in making America's Navy truly a global force for good.
Happy 97th Birthday Navy Reserves!