"The operational tempo out here reminds me a lot of my days out here as a junior officer, deployed to Sigonella," Moran said. "It was high then and we're back to that and then some, now — for a lot of reasons — Russia and Syria, East Med., West Med. There just an awful lot going on out here."
"A lot of my questions have been focused on staffing levels, he said. "Over the years, I think we stripped away a lot of the staff support out here at 6th Fleet — and for good reasons at the time."
He described the "tone and morale" he's finding among the ranks as "good."
"There are some concerns over the CR and what the impact might be to them, such as [personnel change of station] moves for folks coming here and for folks here at the end of their tours heading back," Moran said.
"Under CR rules, we are on a spending plan by law that only lets us spend money month-to-month and quarter-to-quarter," he said. "Longer lead times on household goods and PCS money is harder to do."
"[The CR] will also effect our ability to write checks for [selective re-enlistment bonuses], if that continues on beyond Jan. 1," he said.
"It lays out how we will prioritize SRB payments If we run out of money the first couple months here of the quarter," he said. "We're seeing indications that we might have to restrict some of the funding for new contracts."
Mark D. Faram is a former reporter for Navy Times. He was a senior writer covering personnel, cultural and historical issues. A nine-year active duty Navy veteran, Faram served from 1978 to 1987 as a Navy Diver and photographer.