New Year 2018

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

New Year 2018

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope your holiday season was joyful and filled with occasions of laughter, remembrance, and celebrations.

I extend my sincere gratitude to our 2,700 MSC patriotic mariners whose sacrifice over the holiday period — and the support of their families and friends at home — will enable mission accomplishment, providing on-time logistics, strategic sealift, as well as specialized missions anywhere in the world, under any condition, 24/7, 365 days a year.


As we start the New Year, it is worth reviewing the MSC Voyage Plan and Navigation Track. The work we do each day in 2018 should support our Pillars and Strategic Themes, using the Guiding Principles to keep us heading in the right direction.  The pillars empower a professional workforce and enable us to support the warfighter while our strategic themes focus on preparing for the future and improving our performance each day.  To help align our efforts, here’s a sampling of our objectives for 2018:

Our People:

  • Continue to harness and develop a diverse, capable and talented workforce
  • Conduct our first Master and Chief symposium
  • Begin Yellow Belt training for senior leaders
  • Refine and execute our Civilian Workforce Development Strategy
  • Mature and grow our Team U leadership development program

Our Platforms:

  • Assure global maritime logistical services
  • Focus on holistic readiness
  • Begin SMART on GO/CO ships
  • Roll out and expand RITEMOVE program
  • Continue Fleet introductions for an EPF and ESB

Our Processes:

  •  Develop tactical capabilities that support future warfighting
  • Attain ISO 9001 certification
  • Publish Fleet Readiness manual
  • Approve the Adaptive Force Package concept of operations and organize to support
  • Establish a Fleet Training Division and begin advanced classroom training

Our Partners:

  • Foster our relationships with labor unions
  • Seek alignment with industry partners
  • Continue to partner with MARAD on a robust Mil-to-Mariner program

The changes we made in 2017, such as rebalancing the headquarters, improving fiscal transparency, and a relentless focus on the holistic readiness of our platforms, have set us up smartly to meet, and in some cases exceed, our 2018 objectives.I wish you and your families much success, fulfillment and opportunity in the coming year.

I remain firmly committed to transparency, collaboration, alignment, and unity of effort. These are the hallmarks of a great team. It is a unified team effort that will enable us to overcome obstacles and accomplish our mission, preparing our Mariners and ships to sail in the contested environment we operate in today.

I wish you and your families much success, fulfillment and opportunity in the coming year.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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