New and old Sailors share camaraderie at Old Salt’s Breakfast
Sai lors from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia gathered together with retired first class and chief petty officers Jan. 16 for the Old Salt’s Breakfast at the Army Reserve Center located on Fort Gordon.
Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and were provided at this casual breakfast as new and old Sailors shared stories and mentorship.
“Being in a different building than others, I don’t see a lot of other first class petty officers,” said Petty Officer First Class Reuben Browning. “After enjoying the food, I am able to take the opportunity to share ideas and information.”
NIOC Georgia Sailors banded together with their leadership to create a “venue for fellowship” outside of their busy work schedules. “The CMC, XO and I enjoy these opportunities for Sailors to come together with their peers and retirees,” said Capt. James Brokaw, commanding officer,
“It gives everyone the opportunity to enter a relaxed environment, learn more about each other and build relationships within their command,” said Brokaw. From Navy veterans to the Chief’s Mess and to emerging leaders soon to wear anchors, these sailors were able to do just that over chow.
NIOC Georgia holds events throughout the year that help bring Sailors together, from Captain’s Cup to hamburger cookouts. “It’s critical for senior and retired Sailors to share stories, experiences and create friendships whenever possible,” said Brokaw. “As we create more opportunities for this, the command and its Sailors both benefit.”
With adventure stories about diving for shark teeth, to the history of beards in the Navy, coupled with joking and boisterous laughter filled the room.
“The breakfast is about the banter and getting to know people,” said Chief Petty Officer Harrison Nash. “We need an opportunity to let our hair down, so to speak, and get more comfortable with each other.”
“It’s a good time to come together outside of the work environment where energy and spirit levels are high,” said Petty Officer First Class Rachel Gasaway. “it’s surprising how much you can learn about a person and how much advice is given in such neutral environment.”
NIOC Georgia is a subordinate command of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and comprises Task Force 1050 of the U.S. 10th Fleet.
Based at Fort Gordon, its mission is to provide information warfare and expert cryptologic personnel to fleet air, surface, submarine and special warfare combatants and to provide reach back and extended staff support to U.S. Central Command and U.S. European
Command Joint Forces Maritime Component commanders.
For more news from Navy Information Operations Command Georgia, visit www.navy.mil/local/ niocg/.