As Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT), I am committed to ensuring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within our workforce. Fostering and promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive total force is vital to the overall success of our mission and our team.
Diversity is not a reference to any particular demographic. It is about cultivating the talent, experience, and insights of all our service members and civilian employees.
Equity demands that all of us as leaders—at every level across COMPACFLT—embrace the goals and objectives of the Navy’s Culture of Excellence efforts in DEI, which are centered on leadership commitment, outreach, recruitment, retention, professional development, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Our actions and decision should be based in just, impartial, fair, accurate identification of individual needs and abilities and not preconceived notions based on anything other than performance.
Inclusion is about valuing and integrating each individual’s perspectives, ideas, and contributions into organization functions and decisions. We must deliberately engage the diverse resources, skills, capabilities and talents of each individual that make up our total force and create an environment where all are able to serve to the full extent of their abilities.
When leaders establish an environment where all personnel feel valued, respected and free to contribute to ideas, we unlock innovation, encourage engagement, and improve performance. These actions promote trust in our organization, improve cohesion, and advance organizational commitment.
Our commitment to fully utilizing our diverse talents, experiences, and perspectives enables us to effectively achieve our mission with a strategic advantage against all competitors.
S. J. PAPARO