May 17, 2018

I am committed to maintaining a work environment free from unlawful discrimination for the women and men of the United States Pacific Fleet, and those who support and serve with our military forces.

I expect all leaders, uniformed and civilian, to take an active role in fostering an environment where personnel can perform to their highest ability. Civilians shall be provided Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability (mental and physical), protected EEO activity (participating in the EEO process or opposing discrimination), or genetic information (including genetic testing or family medical history); and all military members shall be afforded equal opportunity without discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex, or national origin (including sexual orientation and gender identity). I require all personnel at every level to take an active role in preventing discrimination, and under no circumstance will reprise against a member filing a complaint be tolerated.

Leadership shall proactively and regularly monitor the climate of our command, to identify and eliminate barriers to equal opportunity, and to assess ways to uphold the Pacific Fleet as the “employer of choice” and advance the Navy as the “service of choice.” Sustaining the highest levels of operations, readiness, and maritime superiority rests in our ability to attract and retain the most qualified talent, at all levels.

Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity is the responsibility of every manager, supervisor, and all service members and employees, and I expect all of us to fully support the Department of the Navy’s Equal Opportunity and Equal Employment Opportunity policies and initiatives.

J. C. AQUILINO