Happy Holidays and New Year

From Commander, Military Sealift Command


Happy Holidays and New Year

The Holiday and New Year’s season is a time to celebrate our faith traditions, spend time with family and friends, reflect upon our many blessings and look to the future as an opportunity to make positive change.

I commend every member of our MSC team for all your hard work and professionalism during the past year. Together we set goals and pushed our organization to the next level.  Together we made a difference.




While the 2017 accomplishments are too numerous to list in total, a few broad categories of work should be acknowledged as they required significant teamwork to accomplish:

  • Establishing important councils, cross-functional teams and personnel support programs;
  • Rebalancing the Headquarters and driving workforce unification;
  • Executing programs that support holistic readiness and training wholeness;
  • Cultivating and enhancing relationships with our strategic partners, including industry and labor unions;
  • Developing our talent through comprehensive training and workforce development strategies; and
  • Solving our challenges through innovative thinking and high-velocity learning activities.

This important work enabled assured, global logistics, sealift and specialized support to the joint warfighter, 24/7/365!

To our Mariners and Sailors standing the watch during the holidays, you have my thanks and gratitude for your sacrifice for our nation and our Navy. And I thank your families, for they support our work at MSC, often at great personal sacrifice.  The unwavering support of our family and friends enables us to stay focused and mission ready.

As we head into the holidays many of you will travel by car or plane to see friends and family. As you travel, please do so safely.  Focus on the basics: have a plan, begin all travel well-rested, anticipate travel delays, and remain alert.

While you are celebrating, don’t let your guard down. Make wise decisions as you enjoy holiday gatherings.  Drinking and driving, texting while driving and other poor decisions can endanger you and those around you; it can ruin careers and end lives.

As we move into 2018, take a moment to reflect on your personal and professional lives. The start of the New Year is a fitting time for self-evaluation and goal-setting.  What can we do differently or better in 2018 that might improve our performance at work and our relationships with family and friends?  Consider setting new goals and look for ways that we can build upon our recent successes.

In closing, I wish you and your families a very happy and safe holiday season. Following this much-deserved break, let’s enter the New Year refreshed and re-energized, and ready for the many challenges that lie ahead in 2018!

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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