SIMPLY PUT - DISCRIMINATION UNDERMINES UNIT MORALE, INTEGRITY AND READINESS.
We will use every means to create a workplace free from discriminatory practices, and ensure discrimination complaint procedures are in place to provide adequate counseling and timely processing of all complaints.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is a command-wide responsibility. Each manager and supervisor, military and civilian, is expected to fully support the Department of the Navy EEO policy in all personnel/employment matters.
All U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. FOURTH Fleet personnel will be treated with dignity and respect. EEO will be an integral part of our day-to-day operations. All employees, former employees and applicants for employment at this command will receive equal opportunity for employment and will be afforded equal opportunity to develop and progress consistent with their abilities and initiatives without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability. I will neither condone discrimination, reprisal (for engaging in protected activity), or harassment in any form, nor tolerate it at any level within this command. Such practices, when detected, will be dealt with swiftly.
Our commitment to EEO requires more than mere compliance. We must continue to meet both the letter of the law and its spirit. We must view our commitment to EEO as a matter of personal integrity and accountability. I ask each member of our workforce to take personal responsibility for implementing our EEO policy and to cooperate fully in its enforcement.
Lastly, I expect us to set the example her in the Southeast Region, aboard Naval Station Mayport, and for our deployed forces in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility!
JAMES A. AIKEN
Rear Admiral, United States Navy