By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Kyle P. Malloy
Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs
June 3, 2010 - WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead delivered remarks at the 23rd Annual Sea Service Leadership Association Women's Leadership Symposium, June 3.
Roughead, the 29th CNO, spoke about current Navy involvement across the globe and how female Sailors are contributing to the Navy's success.
"As it applies to the women who serve today, this past year has been a milestone year," Roughead said as he recognized outstanding achievements made by female Sailors in a variety of Navy jobs.
From pioneering flag officers in new assignments to the four enlisted female Sailors of the Year, Roughead highlighted the extraordinary work women are doing in today's Navy.
CNO also talked about the process behind allowing women to serve on submarines and his enthusiasm for the future of the sub community.
"I think that we have a great group of young officers that will move into our submarine force and change that force for the better," said Roughead.
Finally, CNO said it is equally important to not only recognize the great contributions of Navy women, but to build on those contributions for the future.
"We're going to proceed ahead," said Roughead. "We're going to continue to pursue and look for opportunities for bright young women to be attracted to the Navy, to make the choice to come into the Navy and then to move forward and lead in the Navy."