LEMOORE (NNS) -- Approximately 800 Sailors at Naval Air Station Lemoore got an up-close and personal look at new and future personnel changes impacting their Navy careers —including a prototype of the new performance evaluation counseling tool currently under development—at the MyNavy Career Development Symposium (CDS) Nov. 1.
CDS, hosted by Navy Personnel Command, brought to NAS Lemoore subject matter experts and senior leaders including Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell Smith, and Commander, Navy Personnel Command, Rear Adm. Jeff Hughes.
The symposium demonstrates to Sailors how personnel modernization initiatives, known as Sailor 2025, can help Sailors manage their Navy careers and showcases new ways Sailors will be able to more easily conduct administrative tasks in the near future.
“We are here to make things better for what we truly believe to be the Navy’s most important asset – the Sailor,” said Vice Adm. Burke. “We want to keep you in the know as to all the changes we’ve brought about so far and what we’ve been doing internally for the entire organization.”
During the event Burke explained how the Navy’s personnel infrastructure is evolving to become more efficient and less burdensome on Sailors, and he also hosted a Q&A session to allow Sailors to voice their concerns and ask questions about the changes.
“There’s a lot of good information and conversation going on here,” said Yeoman 2nd Class Kevin Rodriquez, assigned to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific. “The visibility and transparency of it all is so much better than just reading NAVADMIN updates. We can directly ask how these changes would affect us, and even voice our concerns about other issues we’ve come across.”
Sailors also learned about the new MyNavy Career Center, the new Performance Evaluation, and a variety of other topics and opportunities directly from senior Navy leadership.
“I’m relieved to hear about all these changes the Navy’s been making,” said Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 3rd Class Tyra Williams, assigned to Fleet Readiness Center West. “It’s good to see that they’ve been listening to us when we fill out surveys about what we would like to see happen in the Navy and that they’re actually taking action on it.”
Detailers and community managers were also available to discuss the detailing process, provide career advice and 63 PACT (Professional Apprenticeship Career Track) Sailors received ratings on the spot.
“The chance to meet face-to-face is invaluable,” said Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Chris Payton, assigned to NAS Lemoore Security Detachment. “Instead of just trying to figure things out second hand, I get to discuss and learn directly from the source.”