FAREWELL

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GENTEXT/REMARKS/1.  IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR TO SERVE AS YOUR CHIEF OF
NAVAL OPERATIONS.  AS I TURN THE HELM OVER TO ADMIRAL MULLEN, I
EXTEND SINCERE THANKS TO THE DEDICATED NAVY MEN AND WOMEN SERVING
AMERICA DURING THIS IMPORTANT TIME IN OUR NATION'S HISTORY.  I AM
PROUD OF EACH ONE OF YOU.
2.  YOU HAVE DONE MUCH TO REALIZE OUR NAVY'S FULL POTENTIAL AS A
POSITIVE FORCE FOR THE COUNTRY, EXCELLING IN GLOBAL CHALLENGES
ACROSS THE FULL SCOPE OF MARITIME OPERATIONS.  FROM COMBAT IN THE
GULF TO DISASTER RELIEF IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, FROM HOMELAND DEFENSE OFF
OUR OWN COASTS TO COALITION EXERCISES IN EVERY OVERSEAS THEATER, YOU
HAVE PROVEN U.S. RESOLVE IN PROJECTING NAVAL POWER IN DEFENSE OF OUR
NATION AND HAVE SHOWN YOUR COMPASSION IN RENDERING AID TO THOSE IN
NEED.  DAY IN AND DAY OUT, YOU HAVE STOOD THE WATCH TO MAKE SURE OUR
NAVY SUCCEEDS.  AT SEA AND ASHORE, FORWARD DEPLOYED AND IN HOMEPORT,
YOUR VIGILANT DUTY BRINGS GREAT CREDIT TO OUR SERVICE AND OUR
COUNTRY.
3.  THE LIVES OF SERVICE WE LEAD ARE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR OUR
NATION AND OUR NAVY.  DEDICATED SERVICE INSPIRES LEADERSHIP AND
ATTRACTS THE TALENTED SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF AMERICA WITH AN
OPPORTUNITY TO GROW, DEVELOP, AND ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS.  TODAY I AM
RELIEVED AS CNO BY A TRULY INSPIRED LEADER, ADMIRAL MIKE MULLEN.  I
KNOW OUR GREAT NAVY IS IN VERY CAPABLE HANDS.
4.  THANK YOU AND GODSPEED.
5.  RELEASED BY ADMIRAL VERN CLARK.//
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