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Navy’s Innovation, Entrepreneurialism Stands Out

By: Tammy Carnrike

Chamber COO Tammy Carnrike participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), a program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense for civilian public opinion leaders interested in growing their knowledge of the military and national defense issues. JCOC is the oldest existing Department of Defense outreach program having been held more than 81 times since its inception in 1948. Tammy spent five days in the Western U.S. visiting each branch of the U.S. military and learning about the readiness of the armed forces and our nation’s defense policies.

While day one was such an intriguing look into the Air Force, day two provided me with a valuable learning experience about the efforts of the Navy. I was happy to be able to share several photos and short descriptions of Naval Base San Diego, the USS Makin Island and the submarine rescue team.

What I maybe didn’t fully have time to address was the priority the Navy places on providing a good quality of life for their military personnel and families. The message was consistently voiced in every briefing, experience and personal interaction. From services and support to family and individual needs, the Navy truly goes the distance.

What also stood out to me was the level of innovation and entrepreneurialism that the Navy demonstrates in order to provide the quality of life. Appropriation dollars are only about 70% of their revenue, so it requires creativity and innovative business thinking to be successful in building the environment so important to their goal.

Today is a look inside the Marine Corps. They’ve already indicated no photography, so today’s blog might be photo-light.

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