Core Values

Last month the Chief of Naval Operations released the “Navy Leader Development Framework.” This framework outlines how the U.S. Navy will develop leaders who demonstrate both operational excellence and strong character at every level of seniority.

The release of this document provides a timely opportunity for us to discuss how character development and core values can inform our leadership development and work ethic here at MSC.



At some level, everyone, civilian and military, is a leader and can benefit from leadership development and training. Training can take the form of formal schools, on-the-job training, or self-guided learning.

Certainly competence is a key to each team member successfully completing their daily work activities. Character development, however, is also an important ingredient to our success.

Voyage Plan, our roadmap to keep us moving in the right direction, includes our vision, mission, pillars of our organization, strategic themes and our guiding principles. But what enables us to move forward as a team, working toward a common goal are our core values.  Our values: honor, courage, commitment, integrity and accountability should be interlaced throughout everything we do.  It’s these core values, applied to our Voyage Plan and Navigation Track, that will keep us moving toward our mission of empowering global warfighting capabilities.

Core values are not limited to our professional lives. These values define who we are and how we function and should give us direction in our personal and professional activities.

At MSC these core values manifest themselves through increased teamwork and collaboration, greater respect and awareness of our team members and their ideas, and a commitment to excellence in everything we do.

As a team, let’s keep our MSC core values in the forefront and use them to govern how we conduct business and execute our mission.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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