SAN DIEGO -- The MyNavy HR Career Development Symposium (CDS), hosted by Navy Personnel Command (NPC), visited Sailors stationed throughout Navy Region Southwest at Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island Nov. 3 and 4.

CDS brings senior MyNavy HR leadership, subject matter experts and detailing and community management teams directly to Sailors to provide career development information, showcase new and emerging Navy programs and initiatives, explain how these changes will be affecting them, and offer Sailors the opportunity to ask questions and voice concerns.

“This is the first Career Development Symposium that we’ve done in two years and what a crazy two years it’s been with COVID.” said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. John Nowell, Jr. “We took that time to look at how to do it differently and so this revamped trade show approach is much more relevant, much more interesting and just a lot more fun for our Sailors.”

The symposium gave Sailors a detailed first look at multiple ongoing MyNavy HR initiatives that included Sailor 2025, MyNavy Career Center, My PCS Mobile, MyNavy Assignment, enlisted advancement and career development topics.

“What we do is about changing lives and improving outcomes,” said Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey, Commander of Navy Personnel Command. “Last year CNO published his navagation plan with four main priorities of Capability, Capacity, Readiness and Sailors. The MyNavy HR enterprise has specific priorities that align with the navigation plan these are building a navy that can fight and win, optimizing talent management, providing exceptional support to our Sailors and their families, and transforming the MyNAVY HR enterprise.”

Senior leaders, including Nowell, Holsey, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith, and senior community managers and detailers also answered a range of questions and discussed major improvements happening across the MyNavy HR team.

“Bringing this apparatus out here to the Sailor and saying, we know you are busy, you have training, you have maintenance, you got to get ships ready to go on deployment, you’ve got Sailors that need the training so that they are ready to deploy in those ships,” said Smith. “We are going to bring this apparatus to you and make sure you’re aware of all of the things that allow you and enable you to contribute to the Navy’s victory.”

In addition to engaging with the speakers, Sailors met with detailers, community managers, and a wide array of advisors for programs such as Warrior Toughness, MyNavy Career Center and eNavfit. The symposium aims to empower Sailors with the knowledge and tools they need to successfully manage their careers.

More than 1,500 Sailors attended the events across region Southwest at the separate events hosted on Naval Base San Diego and Naval Air Station North Island.

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