Diversity + Inclusion = Optimal Mission Readiness

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Diversity + Inclusion = Optimal Mission Readiness

With unified resolve, we boldly sail the world’s oceans to provide essential assured logistics and service support to the warfighter as the nation’s premier maritime transportation organization.

That’s our vision at MSC. We strive to realize that vision through implementing sound Equal Opportunity (EO) programs for military and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs for civilians and optimizing overall workforce diversity and inclusion efforts.  Military and civilian managers at all levels must be committed to supporting EO/EEO.

The Department of the Navy Human Capital Strategy states that people are the Department’s most valuable asset. Further, it recognizes that people bring different talents and abilities, any of which could prove decisive for victory.  Adherence to the principles of inclusion, non-discrimination and equal opportunity contributes to readiness by promoting respect, trust and cohesion among members of the workforce. Diversity also enhances readiness by inviting new perspectives and improved ideas to solve problems.

Diversity and inclusion stretch beyond the traditional thoughts of diversity in the workplace. More than visible characteristics, diversity speaks to the uniqueness of each of us, including our backgrounds, personalities, life experiences, and beliefs.  All these similarities and differences form the foundation of diversity of thought and perspectives; all make us think, react, and approach challenges differently.  We all see and solve problems through different lenses.  Success in leveraging the diversity and inclusion in the workforce gives our organization greater flexibility to adapt to changes and challenges.

The MSC Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan guides our actions in promoting diversity and inclusion in our workforce. Our plan has three lines of effort:

LOE 1: Recruitment and Outreach. We will recruit and access from a diverse group of applicants to secure a high-performing and innovative workforce that reflects all segments of society;

LOE 2: Cultivate Inclusive Culture. We will cultivate an inclusive culture that accelerates opportunities to empower each individual’s maximum impact, encourages innovation and collaboration, enhances developmental opportunities, and retains the best talent to enable uniformed and civilian personnel to contribute their full potential to mission success; and

LOE 3: Program Management and Accountability. We will develop strategies to equip leaders with the ability to effectively manage diversity, be accountable, measure results, and refine approaches to engender a sustainable culture of inclusion.

Every team member at MSC has a role to play in supporting equal opportunity, equal employment opportunity, and the diversity strategic plan. Together, let us maximize our appreciation of the diverse attributes, experiences and backgrounds that our Sailors and civilians bring to MSC and create innovative ways to leverage the thoughts and skills critical to achieving mission success.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command


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