SEAPOWER / MARCH 2014 56
CNO Visits Hampton Roads Council,
Attends Tribute Room Ribbon Cutting
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
ADM Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations
(CNO), wrapped up a busy trip to
the Hampton Roads, Va., area Jan.
24 by serving as guest speaker at
the annual Hampton Roads Navy
Greenert spoke to council members and supporters about the status of the Navy, how the budget
will affect the naval defense industry and the importance organizations like the Navy League have in
bolstering support for the Navy
among the general public.
“The work that Hampton Roads
Navy League does to raise aware-
ness of our sea services and the
gracious support they provide to
our Sailors and their families is
vital to sustaining our Navy,”
Greenert wrote in a Facebook post-
ing after the event. “Thank you
Navy League for your continued
support and I look forward to your
Earlier in the day, Greenert took
part in two all-hands calls, one at
Fleet Cyber Command South and
the other at Joint Expeditionary
Base Little Creek-Fort Story during
Master Chief Petty Officer of the
Navy Mike Stevens’ Leadership
Greenert also joined nearly 400
crew members aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS
Arlington for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to honor the victims of the
Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by
opening a ship tribute room.
The tribute room, which honors
the 184 heroes and victims killed
during the attack on the Pentagon,
was funded by donations from pri-
vate individuals, civic organizations
and corporate sponsors of the
Hampton Roads Council.
The new room is located just aft
of the bridge on the ship’s fourth
level, according to a report from
the Navy News Service.
“It’s a solemn place with many images from that day in 2001,” Greenert
said. “But it also helps us to remember what this ship is all about.”
Arlington, which was commissioned April 6 at Naval Station Norfolk, is the second of the Navy’s three
amphibious transport dock ships
named in commemoration of the
worst incident of terrorism in U.S.
history. USS New York was commissioned in 2009; Somerset will be commissioned March 1 in Philadelphia.
The tribute room’s mahogany
display cases and commercial-grade flooring were built for design
capability and durability, ensuring
it will inspire generations of Sailors
and Marines serving aboard USS
Arlington for the 40-year projected
lifespan of the ship.
The focus of the room is a quilt
with the 184 names on it that was
sewn by eighth-grade students
from the Thomas Jefferson Middle
School in Arlington, then hand-assembled by artist Dianne Braden
Lumpkin. Other artifacts include a
section of an I-beam and remnants
from the Pentagon.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Greenert and Arlington
Commanding Officer CDR Darren
Nelson addressed the ship’s crew,
members of the Navy League and
9/11 Pentagon first responders.
“We open this room today to
show our Sailors our heritage and to
help them understand how Arlington
got her name,” Nelson said. “We can
never forget that terrible day, but we
need to teach our Sailors that our
nation, our Navy and our ship are
forever resilient. We will always
Hampton Roads, Va., Council President Jon Gallinetti, a retired Marine major
general, thanks Chief of Naval Operations ADM Jonathan W. Greenert for
speaking at the Annual Hampton Roads Navy League Dinner Jan. 24.