We’ve been hearing much discussion lately about teamwork. The Chief of Naval Operations and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy talk about it at every opportunity.  The need for teamwork is woven throughout the Navy’s Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority, and it is one of our guiding principles in our Voyage Plan.

When we work as a team, we are committing ourselves to a shared vision of our organization, being the nation’s premier maritime transportation organization. Working as a team elevates our individual performance, and leads to synergy where the work of the team is more effective than the sum of the individual efforts.




Importantly, we acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses of our co-workers, believing that they can and will succeed, and we collaborate in our decision-making as much as possible. Members of effective teams share common attributes such as trust, integrity, respect, open dialogue, enthusiasm, commitment, collaboration, and shared vision.

Most importantly, teammates look out for each other. We correct each other, we praise each other, and we push each other to do better, and to be better.  Teammates truly care about each other.  Let us look for opportunities to be the best teammate we can be.

An idea that I find interesting and compelling is that teamwork gives us a competitive advantage over our adversaries. We know our people are our greatest asset.  So working as an effective team, elevating our performance, can keep us ahead of our adversaries.  In today’s environment, we need to identify and exploit every opportunity to frustrate and defeat those who want to do us harm.  Our people, working together in a collaborative, team-based environment, will assume mission accomplishment.

Thank you for the teamwork you display each and every day in your work at MSC.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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