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While awaiting confirmation, acting CNO urges fleet to stay the course

August 21, 2023

Geoff Ziezulewicz

Military Times

By Geoff Ziezulewicz, Military Times / August 21, 2023

As she awaits the end of a Senate standoff that will likely see her eventually confirmed as the Navy’s 33rd chief of naval operations, acting CNO Adm. Lisa Franchetti sent a message to the fleet last week urging everyone to stay the course, even if there is technically a gapped billet at the very top.

Along with the presumptive next leaders of the Army and Marine Corps, Franchetti has yet to formally become the Navy’s top officer due to a blanket hold on fast-tracked senior military nominations and promotions by Sen. Tommy Tuberville.

The Alabama Republican began the blockade in March over his objections to the Defense Department’s abortion policy. Under the policy announced last fall, service leaders can provide time off and travel stipends for troops to travel across state lines to seek out abortion services.

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