Holiday Celebration

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Holiday Celebration

The approaching holiday season provides us a much deserved opportunity to spend time with family and friends, reflect upon our many blessings and celebrate our faith traditions.

The end of the year also gives us an opportunity to assess our professional and personal lives.  At MSC, this has been a year of great accomplishment and achievement.  I am extremely proud of the progress we have made working toward the objectives we established at the beginning of the year in our Navigation Track.  Together, we remained focused on our People, Platforms, Processes and Partners.

It’s worth noting a few highlights from this past year that represent the work of the entire command:

  • Finalized our Civilian Workforce Development Strategy and increased staffing at the headquarters;
  • Established a path to recommence civilian Mariner hiring, as well as examine our Mariner manning model;
  • Concluded headquarters realignment and advanced X-132 unification plan;
  • Successfully completed U.S. Fleet Forces Command Inspection;
  • Advanced assessment programs such as RITEMOV and SMART;
  • Used innovation and fast learning to develop predictive tools such as PRISM and Digital Twin;
  • Introduced additional T-EPF and T-ESB platforms to our fleet;
  • Conducted demonstrations and experiments with OSVs, lightering, and CONSOLS;
  • Finalized the MSC Fleet Training and Readiness Manual;
  • Advocated for sealift recapitalization strategy;
  • Focused on Mariner tactical training with the introduction of the Advanced Operations Course;
  • Received approval to implement updated Force Generation (Fg) models for all ship classes; and
  • Conducted meaningful engagements with our strategic partners in industry, at the maritime academies, and with the labor unions.

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

After this period of celebration and relaxation for many, I look forward to the opportunities the new year will bring.  As a team we must stay focused on sustaining the achievements from the past two years, while engaging in new objectives.

As always, it’s important to remain extra vigilant during this season.  Think safety in everything you and your families do.  If your holiday period includes travel, focus on the basics: have a plan, begin all travel well-rested, anticipate travel delays, and remain alert to your surroundings.

Enjoy your holiday celebrations with family and friends.  For our Mariners and Sailors standing the watch during the holidays, please accept our heartfelt appreciation for the sacrifices made by you and your families for our nation and our Navy.

I wish you all a very joyful holiday season.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command


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