By Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

CINCINNATI -- The president of the U.S. Naval War College wrapped up a visit to Cincinnati, Aug. 14, meeting with business, civic and educational leaders and participating in a world-class military appreciation night as part of the Navy's 50-50 outreach program.

The three-day visit by Rear Adm. John N. Christenson was designed to build on United States Navy efforts to increase Americans' understanding of the Navy's mission, capabilities, and relevance to national security by sending 50 Navy leaders to 50 cities around the nation. 

CINCINNATI (Aug. 13, 2012) Rear Adm. John N. Christenson is introduced at the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament.  (Photo by Steve Oldfield)Speaking with about 70 employees at Procter & Gamble headquarters, Christenson stressed how the Navy protects America, on, under, and over the sea. He carried the message to GE Aviation as well, where he engaged with leadership and toured part of an assembly line.

"We are a maritime nation," Christenson said in a message to the audience at the Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament Military Appreciation Night. "Seventy percent of the earth is covered by water, and 90 percent of the world's trade travels by sea. Your United States Navy is forward and ready to defend our interests and protect our country."

At an event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region American Red Cross, Christenson also told business executives that another way the Navy protects America is through the world's best Sailors, with Cincinnati and Ohio continuing to be a source of quality service members and leaders.

With science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) being important to the Navy's workforce both now and in the future, Christenson emphasized the significance of STEM education to the Navy with University of Cincinnati (UC) Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost, Dr. Santa Ono, and faculty from UC's FUSION Center. As a component of the Southwest Ohio Regional STEM Education Hub of the Ohio STEM Learning Network, the FUSION Center impacts policy and improves educational practice in PK-20 STEM instruction.

CINCINNATI (Aug. 13, 2012) Rear Adm. John N. Christenson chats with radio personality Jim Scottt following an interview on 700 WLW, Cincinnati's top ranked radio station. (Photo by Cmdr. Carla McCarthy)He likewise met with executives from KnowledgeWorks, a non-profit organization that is working with schools throughout the country to transform education and create conditions that allow innovation to flourish and better prepare youth for the future.

While in Cincinnati, he stopped at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, where he spoke with leadership and thanked some of the staff members for their service to veterans. He also toured the Tele-ICU, a new capability that provides remote nursing coverage 24 hours a day for 72 intensive care unit beds between four VA Medical Centers in Ohio.

After speaking with members of Cincinnati's Navy League and United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, Christenson's outreach visit concluded at City Hall, where he met with Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and members of his staff.

Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy
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