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USFF part 4 Practices of Successful Commands 011638z Aug11 (Foundational Programs)

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  • 1. P 011638Z AUG 11 ZYBFM COMUSFLTFORCOM NORFOLK VA//N00//TO COMSECONDFLT//00//COMSUBLANT NORFOLK VA//00//COMSC WASHINGTON DC//00//COMNAVWARDEVCOM NEWPORT RI//00//COMNECC LITTLE CREEK VA//00//COMNAVSURFLANT NORFOLK VA//00//PRESINSURV NORFOLK VACOMNAVAIRLANT NORFOLK VA//00//COMNAVMETOCCOM STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS//00//COMNAVCYBERFOR VIRGINIA BEACH VA//00//NMC YORKTOWN VA//00//INFO COMPACFLT PEARL HARBOR HI//N00//CNO WASHINGTON DC//N1//BTUNCLASSECINFO/-/-//MSGID/GENADMIN/COMUSFLTFORCOM NORFOLK VA//SUBJ/PRACTICES OF SUCCESSFUL COMMANDS - PART FOUR//REF/A/MSGID:MSG/101617ZFEB10/-//REF/B/MSGID:MSG/252132ZJUN10/-//REF/C/MSGID:MSG/071730ZDEC10/-//NARR/REF A IS PRACTICES OF SUCCESSFUL COMMANDS.REF B IS PRACTICES OF SUCCESSFUL COMMANDS PART TWO.REF C IS PRACTICES OF SUCCESSFUL COMMANDS PART THREE.//GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, I HAVE RELEASED A SERIES OF "PRACTICES OF SUCCESSFULCOMMANDS" MESSAGES. IN THESE MESSAGES I EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OFPROPERLY LEADING/MANAGING THOSE PROGRAMS THAT HAVE THE GREATEST INFLUENCEON OUR SAILORS, THEIR FAMILIES AND THUS, YOUR COMMANDS. I ALSO EMPHASIZED THENEED FOR COMMANDERS TO EFFECTIVELY PRIORITIZE THEIR EFFORTS GIVEN BOTH THEIMMEDIATE CHALLENGES THEY MAY FACE FROM DAY TO DAY AND THE LONG-TERM NEEDS OFTHEIR SAILORS AND THE NAVY. STRIKING THE PROPER BALANCE BETWEEN REACTING TOTODAYS CRISES WHILE NOT LOSING SIGHT OF THE STEADY-STRAIN EFFORT NECESSARY TOSUSTAIN OUR FORCE FOR THE LONG HAUL THROUGH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE IS THE VERYESSENCE OF COMMAND.2. NEITHER YOU, NOR YOUR SUBORDINATE COMMANDERS, CAN MAKE EVERYTHING A TOPPRIORITY EVERY DAY. THAT IS WHY IVE TRIED TO MAKE MY FORMAL GUIDANCE TO YOUBROAD IN NATURE AND ENDURING IN SCOPE - TO GIVE YOU THE MANEUVERING SPACE YOUNEED TO FIT YOUR PRIORITIES IN WITH MY OVERALL, LONG-TERM DIRECTION.
  • 2. 3. IN THIS MESSAGE IM CALLING YOUR ATTENTION TO SEVERAL FOUNDATIONAL PROGRAMSTHAT, DUE TO THEIR SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE PROFESSIONALISM AND READINESS OFOUR SAILORS, AS WELL AS THE IMPACT ON THEIR FAMILIES, SHOULD NEVER BE FAR FROMTHE CENTER OF YOUR "SCOPE" AS COMMANDERS.4. I BELIEVE YOUR PERSONAL ATTENTION IS REQUIRED TO ENSURE OUR TRAINING ON THESEPROGRAMS IS BEING PROPERLY CARRIED OUT AND OUR TRAINING OBJECTIVES ARE BEINGMET: A. PROFESSIONALISM: (1) PETTY OFFICER THIRD, SECOND, AND FIRST CLASS SELECTEE LEADERSHIP COURSES.EVERYTHING WE DO BEGINS WITH WELL-TRAINED, MOTIVATED LEADERS AT EVERY LEVEL OFTHE CHAIN-OF-COMMAND. "DELIVERING AND DOCUMENTING" REQUIRED LEADERSHIPTRAINING AND ENSURING THAT TRAINING IS PROPERLY DELIVERED WHILE MEETING A HIGHSTANDARD OF QUALITY IS THE FIRST STEP IN OUR NAVYS SUCCESS. THESE ARE THEAPPLICABLE REFERENCES:A) NAVADMIN 033/06-NAVY LEADERSHIP CONTINUUM,B) BUPERSINST 1430.16F-ADVANCEMENT MANUAL FOR ENLISTED PERSONNEL OF THE U.S.NAVY AND U.S. NAVY RESERVE,C) OPNAVINST 5351.2-ENLISTED NAVY LEADER DEVELOPMENT. (2) NAVY ENLISTED RETENTION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT, OUR SAILORS ARE FACED WITH SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGESBROUGHT ABOUT BY FORCE-SHAPING MEASURES SUCH AS PERFORM TO SERVE ANDENLISTED RETENTION BOARDS; THEREFORE, IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE PROVIDE SAILORSEVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR PROFESSIONAL GOALS AND POSITIVELY IMPACTTHEIR DESIRE TO REMAIN ON ACTIVE DUTY OR, IF SEPARATION DOES OCCUR, WE HELPENSURE AN ORDERLY TRANSITION TO THE NAVY RESERVE IS AVAILABLE. THE ACTIVEINVOLVEMENT OF EVERY LEVEL OF THE CHAIN-OF-COMMAND IS THE KEY ELEMENT TO ASUCCESSFUL CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (CDP) THAT HAS THE ANNUAL CAREERINFORMATION PROGRAM REVIEWS AS ITS CENTRAL ELEMENT.THESE ARE THE APPLICABLE REFERENCES:A) OPNAVINST 1040.11C-NAVY ENLISTED RETENTION AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM,B) NAVPERS 15878K-BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL CAREER COUNSELOR HANDBOOK,CHAPTER 7-CAREER INFORMATION PROGRAM (CIP) REVIEW. B. READINESS: (1) SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION PROGRAM. THE SINGLE BIGGEST ISSUE WE FACEWITH RESPECT TO THE DEGRADATION OF READINESS DUE TO MISCONDUCT IS THEIRRESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL. THE LARGE MAJORITY OF THE SITREPS/OPREPS IRECEIVE REPORTING INCIDENTS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT,VEHICLE/MOTORCYCLE MISHAPS, ETC., HAVE ALCOHOL ABUSE AS A KEY CONTRIBUTINGFACTOR. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS NO QUICK OR EASY FIX FOR THIS ISSUE. WE MUST BEBOTH RESOURCEFUL AND CREATIVE WHILE USING EVERY LEADERSHIP AND LEGAL TOOL WEHAVE AVAILABLE TO IMPACT THE DECISION THAT LEADS TO ALCOHOL ABUSE. ONE OF OURBIGGEST ASSETS IN THIS NEVER-ENDING FIGHT IS TRAINING AND AWARENESS. COMPLETIONOF THE REQUIRED DRUG AND ALCOHOL TRAINING, AND THE ALCOHOL AWARE AND ALCOHOLAND DRUG ABUSE MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR SUPERVISORS (ADAMS) IS THE IMPORTANTFIRST STEP FOR EVERY COMMAND TO TAKE. THE APPLICABLE REFERENCE IS OPNAVINST5350.4D-NAVY ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONTROL. **NOTE**RESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL (USE, PREVENTION AND CONTROL) GMT IS AN ANNUAL GMTREQUIREMENT PROVIDED TO ASSIST IN EDUCATING AND TRAINING OUR SAILORS IN THERESPONSIBLE USE OF ALCOHOL. (2) SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION & RESPONSE. THE NUMBER OF SEXUAL ASSAULTSOCCURRING IN THE NAVY TODAY IS ALARMING, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THAT THISCRIME IS USUALLY UNDERREPORTED TO A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE. MOST OF THESE CASES INTHE USFF AOR ARE "BLUE-ON-BLUE" AND OCCUR IN CONJUNCTION WITH ALCOHOL ABUSE BYYOUNGER SAILORS. SEXUAL ASSAULT OF OUR SAILORS, PARTICULARLY BY OTHER SAILORS,
  • 3. UNDERMINES EVERYTHING WE STAND FOR AS A NAVY AND DESTROYS THE TRUST BETWEENSHIPMATES THAT MUST EXIST FOR US TO SUCCESSFULLY CARRY OUT OUR MISSION. ALLTOO OFTEN, THE INVESTIGATION OF THESE CASES RESULTS IN A "RE-VICTIMIZATION" OF THESAILOR WHO WAS ASSAULTED, ADDING PAIN TO THE TRAGEDY AND CONTRIBUTING TO ALOSS OF TRUST IN THE CHAIN-OF-COMMAND. WE HAVE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT THISISSUE OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS AND HAVE INCORPORATED THIS KNOWLEDGE INTO OURSAPR PROGRAM. WE MUST APPLY THIS INFORMATION VIGOROUSLY IN ORDER TO PREVENTTHIS CRIME FROM OCCURRING AND, IF A SEXUAL ASSAULT IS REPORTED TO THE CHAIN-OF-COMMAND, WE MUST BETTER DEAL WITH ALL ASPECTS OF THE INVESTIGATION ANDSUBSEQUENT PROSECUTION. THE APPLICABLE REFERENCESARE: A) DODINST 6495.02-SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE PROCEDURES, B)SECNAVINST 1752.4A-SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION AND RESPONSE. **NOTE**RESPONSIBLE PERSONAL BEHAVIOR IS AN ANNUAL GMT REQUIREMENT. (3) SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM. ONE OF THE MORE TRAGIC ISSUES WE FACE TODAYIS SUICIDE. THIS YEAR, WE HAVE LOST 29 SAILORS TO SUICIDE. EACH YEAR WE CONDUCTSUICIDE PREVENTION WORKSHOPS IN FLEET CONCENTRATION AREAS WITH FLEETLEADERSHIP AT ALL LEVELS AND, FRANKLY, I THINK WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE TRAGEDYTHAT OCCURS WHEN A SAILOR TAKES HIS OR HER OWN LIFE. NOT ONLY IS IT A LOSS OF LIFEFOR A SAILOR, BUT IT LEAVES PERMANENT SCARS ON THOSE LEFT BEHIND.HOWEVER, EVEN THOUGH WE UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTING SUICIDE, WENEED TO BETTER APPRECIATE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF PROPERLY EDUCATING OUR SAILORSAND EACH OTHER TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS BEFORE A SUICIDE OCCURS. ALTHOUGHSUICIDE IS NOT AN ISSUE THAT CAN BE SOLVED BY A POLICY MESSAGE OR A SINGLETRAINING SESSION, IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO BE PROPERLYTRAINED TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF SUICIDAL BEHAVIOR AND THE APPROPRIATEACTIONS TO TAKE WHEN WE SEE A SHIPMATE IN NEED OF HELP. THE APPLICABLEREFERENCE IS OPNAVINST 1720.4A-SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM. **NOTE** ASK-CARE-TREAT IS AN ANNUAL GMT REQUIREMENT. (4) COMMAND CLIMATE SURVEY. THE NAVYS EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY ANDREQUISITE COMMAND CLIMATE SURVEY ARE ESSENTIAL TO KNOWING AND UNDERSTANDINGEACH COMMANDS UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT AND BEHAVIOR. THE COMMAND CLIMATE SURVEYMUST BE ACCOMPLISHED WITHIN 90 DAYS OF ASSUMING COMMAND AND ANNUALLYTHEREAFTER. WHEN USED PROPERLY, THE COMMAND CLIMATE SURVEY IS A VERYPOWERFUL TOOL TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL CHALLENGES THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED EARLYIN THE COMMAND TOUR; WITHOUT THE SURVEY, THE COMMANDING OFFICER IS, IN EFFECT,ATTEMPTING TO PLOT A COURSE TO MISSION SUCCESS WITHOUT A SURE FIX OF THECOMMANDS CURRENT STATUS. BECAUSE FEEDBACK IS ESSENTIAL TO EFFECTIVECOMMAND AND CONTROL, THE ANNUAL REQUIREMENT TO CONDUCT A COMMAND CLIMATESURVEY ENSURES THAT THE COMMANDING OFFICER RECEIVES THE MINIMUM FEEDBACKREQUIRED TO ENSURE COMMAND POLICIES AND DIRECTION ARE MEETING COMMANDERSINTENT. THE APPLICABLE REFERENCE IS:OPNAVINST 5354.1F-NAVY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY. **NOTE** EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ANDSEXUAL HARASSMENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES IS AN ANNUAL GMT REQUIREMENT. THISTRAINING PROVIDES SAILORS WITH THE BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF THE EO PROGRAM.5. WE HAVE MANY MEASURES IN PLACE TO MANAGE, TRACK, EVALUATE, AND ANALYZE THEREADINESS OF OUR PLATFORMS, BUT NOT THE READINESS OF OUR SAILORS. I REVIEWEDOUR COMPLIANCE PERCENTAGES FOR THE ABOVE PROGRAMS AND IT IS CLEAR THAT WEARE NOT PROPERLY TRAINING AND DEVELOPING SAILORS SERVING THROUGHOUT OURCOMMANDS. USFFS COMPLIANCE IS UNSATISFACTORY AND I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THISISSUE BEGINS WITH ME - BY NOT PRIORITIZING THESE MANDATORY PROGRAMS AT MYHEADQUARTERS, I HELPED PERPETUATE THE LOW STANDARDS AND EXPECTATIONS WE AREFINDING AT MANY OF OUR UNITS. THIS SITUATION ENDS HERE AND NOW - I AM COMMITTEDTO CORRECTING THIS DEFICIENCY.6. BY ENSURING THESE FOUNDATION PROGRAMS ARE IN PLACE AND SERVING THEIRINTENDED PURPOSE, WE CAN POSITIVELY AFFECT THE READINESS OF OUR SAILORS AS
  • 4. WELL AS IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY EXECUTE OUR MISSIONS FROM EACHINDIVIDUAL UNIT TO EVERY HEADQUARTERS.ACCORDINGLY, I NEED YOU TO: A. BRING YOUR HEADQUARTERS INTO COMPLIANCE AND HOLD YOUR STAFFACCOUNTABLE TO THE SAME STANDARDS TO WHICH WE HOLD OUR FLEET UNITS. B. DEVELOP A WAY AHEAD TO ENSURE YOUR SUBORDINATE COMMANDS ARE INCOMPLIANCE WITH THESE FOUNDATION PROGRAMS. C. REPORT ANY REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU FIND INEFFECTIVE OR NO LONGERAPPLICABLE.7. I HAVE ASKED MY N1 TO PROVIDE ME WITH A TRACKING SLIDE (BASED ON UP-TO-DATEAND ACCURATE DATA) THAT WE CAN INCLUDE DURING OUR TYCOM MONTHLY READINESSREVIEW. THIS ACTION WILL ALLOW US, AS A TEAM, TO DISCUSS WHERE WE STAND WITHREGARD TO SAILOR READINESS, WHAT BARRIERS WE MUST OVERCOME, AND WHAT ACTIONSWE MAY NEED TO TAKE IN THE FUTURE TO REACH OUR GOALS. MY OBJECTIVE IS TO HAVESAPR AND SUICIDE AWARENESS GMT 100% COMPLETE BY 30 SEPTEMBER 2011 AND TOREACH 85% COMPLIANCE IN THE OTHER PROGRAMS LISTED BY 1 JANUARY 2012.