Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, speaks with U.S. Pacific Fleet Master Chief (AW/IDW) Marco Ramirez, force master chiefs and command master chiefs during a round-table discussion as part of a Senior Enlisted Training Symposium. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda Dunford)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) held the hosted a Senior Enlisted Leadership Training Symposium at COMPACFLT headquarters May 8-9 with senior representatives from Pacific Fleet regional and type commander staffs.

The two-day training symposium provided an opportunity for senior enlisted leaders to interact directly with the new Fleet Master Chief Marco Ramirez and Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and to get a better understanding of the issues Sailors encounter in the Pacific Fleet.

"We thought to bring the leaders here so we could meet them and discuss the issues that are affecting our Navy today, issues including money and how we are battling that." said Ramirez. "We have to ask ourselves are we ready, can we maintain readiness, because we are war fighters and we want to be ready. When the time comes, we want to be able to deliver the power."

During this event leaders discussed the commander's intentions, policies, priorities and current force status while also shaping the commander's expectations regarding readiness, resources available and requirements.

Haney spoke to the senior enlisted leaders about the importance of how the U.S. Navy implements change.

"We are looking at how we do everything including funding, maritime strategy, manning and training," said Haney. "We must find different ways of doing business to ensure the solutions we come up with are sensible. I rely on the Chiefs' Mess to ensure that the messages we put out really resonate with our Sailors throughout the Pacific Fleet, as well as the Navy."

One of the major topics this year during the symposium was on efforts to effectively focus on sexual assault awareness. The mission of the SAPR program is to prevent and respond to sexual assault, eliminating it from the Navy ranks through a balance of focused education, comprehensive response, compassionate advocacy, and just adjudication in order to promote professionalism, respect, and trust, while preserving Navy mission readiness.

"We have come a long way, we still have a way to go and with leadership and mentorship I think we can get there," said Force Master Chief Cash Caldwell, Submarine Force Pacific Fleet. "If people just open their eyes and look around at what's going on around them and take note of their situational awareness, we can get this under control."

The symposium also discussed training, current and future manning, sea-shore rotation, updating instructions, and CPO 365 Training.