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Everyone is owed a safe and comfortable environment to work and carry out their oath. As Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), I am committed to maintaining a work environment free from harassment and prohibited discrimination for all service members and civilian employees of the COMPACFLT workforce. I expect all leaders, military and civilian, to take an active role in fostering an environment where all personnel are treated with dignity and respect and encouraged to perform at their full potential.  Great Teams do not tolerate harassing behaviors – they do build strong positive foundations and lower barriers for their Sailors to raise concerns.  Great Leaders follow through in addressing these concerns and protect against retaliation. U.S. Pacific Fleet is a Great Team with Great Leaders.
 
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, hazing, bullying and stalking.  Harassment can be oral, written or physical. Harassment can occur through electronic communications, including social media; other forms of communication and in person.
 
Service members shall be afforded Military Equal Opportunity (MEO) without prohibited discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, or sexual orientation.
 
Harassment prevention and MEO is the responsibility of all hands. I expect all of us to fully support the Department of Navy's military EO policies and initiatives. The chain of command is the preferred method to address MEO concerns. For further assistance or to file a complaint, service members may contact their Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) Program Manager. Under no circumstance will retaliation or reprisal against an individual filing a complaint be condoned or tolerated.
 
We must foster a Culture of Excellence! Leaders shall proactively and regularly monitor the command climate to identify and eliminate barriers to equal opportunity. We must continuously assess ways to advance the Navy as the service of choice. Equality of opportunity is essential to attracting, developing and retaining the most qualified workforce and talent to support our current and future strategic missions and maintain maritime superiority through warfighting and warfighters.
 

S. T. KOEHLER

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