As the Commander for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, I am personally committed to taking care of our people by ensuring equality of opportunity and a work environment that is free from discrimination and reprisal for each Sailor and Civilian Sailor.

All individuals serving the Pacific Fleet must be able to achieve their highest potential and each be treated as a valued team member in our maritime mission for regional security, stability and prosperity. Sustaining the highest levels of operations, readiness, and war fighting prowess rests in our ability to attract and retain the most qualified talent, at all levels, without regard to race, ethnicity, color, gender/sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, as well as age, disability, and genetic information for Civilian Sailors.

Leadership shall regularly monitor the climate of our commands, identify, and then eliminate barriers to equal opportunity, and assess ways to uphold the Pacific Fleet as the “employer of choice” and advance the Navy as the “service of choice.” One area requiring special attention is our efforts to employ workers with disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

You have my sincere commitment to actively support programs for Equal Opportunity for Sailors and Equal Employment Opportunity for Civilians. I expect every leader, manager, and supervisor, uniformed member, and employee of the Pacific Fleet to do the same. Together, we will ensure all Sailors and Civilian Sailors are empowered to serve and work in a fair and equitable environment through trustworthy leadership, continuous communication, and compliance with applicable Navy directives.

29 September 2016