Jones Renews Effort To Rename Dept. of Navy
By Ed O'Keefe
What's in a name? In Washington, almost everything.
This town is obsessed with names, ranks, titles, organizational flow charts and preserving one's turf. And now there's a renewed effort by Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) to rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.
It may seem like a small technical detail, but Jones said it would help establish the Marine Corps' equal standing with the Army, Air Force and Navy and extend a simple courtesy to the families of Marines killed in action.
"There isn't a subordinate relationship between the Chief of Naval Operations and the Commandant of the Marines Corps," Jones said in a statement. "They are equivalent parts of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and it is time to recognize their equal status."
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