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A Message From Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith

Shipmates,

At the request of the Chief of Naval Operations, I have now temporarily assumed the duties of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. I’m humbled to have been chosen to take on the important charge of maintaining the form and function of the office until the CNO can conduct a thorough search and make a thoughtful decision on who will best advocate for the nearly 270,000 Enlisted Sailors in our Navy.

Judging from what I’ve seen on social media and heard on the deck plates, the issues that brought this about have stirred some emotional responses.  It’s vital we maintain the integrity of the office and what it stands for — advocating on behalf of our Sailors and their families.

Our Navy is a learning organization that is constantly growing and evolving. As an institution we are strong enough to absorb this challenge, but we must visibly lead through it if we are to come out stronger on the other side. With that I say thank you for your faith, support and well wishes as we keep charging to make this happen. This is the beginning of the next chapter for this historic office. Our goal is to provide authentic, transparent communications and a seamless transition.

Continued success for our Sailors is a truly collaborative effort. Together we will continue to execute the plans and initiatives important to our Navy’s future and maintain our focus on warfighting readiness without missing a beat.

Thank you in advance for your patience, professionalism and support — together we’ll steer this ship through these seas.

Very Respectfully,
FLTCM(SW/IW/AW) Russell Smith

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2018) Official file photo of Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson announced June 22, that Master Chief Smith will temporarily assume the duties of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/06/28/a-message-from-fleet-master-chief-russell-smith/ parcher

A Message From Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith

Shipmates,

At the request of the Chief of Naval Operations, I have now temporarily assumed the duties of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. I’m humbled to have been chosen to take on the important charge of maintaining the form and function of the office until the CNO can conduct a thorough search and make a thoughtful decision on who will best advocate for the nearly 270,000 Enlisted Sailors in our Navy.

Judging from what I’ve seen on social media and heard on the deck plates, the issues that brought this about have stirred some emotional responses.  It’s vital we maintain the integrity of the office and what it stands for — advocating on behalf of our Sailors and their families.

Our Navy is a learning organization that is constantly growing and evolving. As an institution we are strong enough to absorb this challenge, but we must visibly lead through it if we are to come out stronger on the other side. With that I say thank you for your faith, support and well wishes as we keep charging to make this happen. This is the beginning of the next chapter for this historic office. Our goal is to provide authentic, transparent communications and a seamless transition.

Continued success for our Sailors is a truly collaborative effort. Together we will continue to execute the plans and initiatives important to our Navy’s future and maintain our focus on warfighting readiness without missing a beat.

Thank you in advance for your patience, professionalism and support — together we’ll steer this ship through these seas.

Very Respectfully,
FLTCM(SW/IW/AW) Russell Smith

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2018) Official file photo of Fleet Master Chief Russell Smith. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson announced June 22, that Master Chief Smith will temporarily assume the duties of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/06/28/a-message-from-fleet-master-chief-russell-smith/ parcher

New Foundational Training Courses Will Grow Better Enlisted Leaders

By Fleet Master Chief (SW/IW/AW) Russell Smith
Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education Fleet Master Chief

We invest a lot of time and energy in the Navy in teaching, training, and maintaining technical competency, but our delivery of leader development training is not nearly as robust. We have room to improve our standardized leader development training delivery for our enlisted Sailors.

We train our Sailors when they are selected for promotion. There is a standardized syllabus, but it’s not delivered the same way everywhere because we have not maintained quality control over who gives it and we haven’t professionalized the trainers that deliver this training.

When you look at the officer community, you will see it has a very specific set of time gates – officers either make rank at a certain time or they don’t stay – in the enlisted force, we have some challenges because you can become a chief as young as six and a half years or at nineteen-point-nine years. Despite these differences, every Sailor should receive some formal Leader Development Training at regular intervals in their career.

The Foundational Training courses outlined in “Laying the Keel – Developing the Backbone of Our Navy” is our solution. We developed it to ensure that we’re investing in Sailor Development at multiple levels and that and we are reinforcing the importance of character and competence early in a Sailors’ career – when the training will stick. When you teach and train to character at an early age the poor choices and destructive behaviors that are effects of under-developed character can be addressed.  Character and competence must be developed in equal measures. We also believe that investing in Leader Development earlier can accelerate a Sailor’s growth throughout their career – a small rudder shift early results in a big course change over time.

The first step is the easy step – taking the courses we have, the Petty Officer Selectee Leadership Courses (POSLC), and modifying them to be more relevant, highly interactive and delivered with the highest quality we can generate. The existing courses will be replaced with: the Foundational Leader Development Course (FLDC), the Intermediate Leader Development Course (ILDC) and the Advanced Leader Development Course (ALDC). The fourth and final piece is the Chief Petty Officer Leader Development course, after which most Sailors will progress to attending the Senior Enlisted Academy which is the next piece of training and development.

In addition to revising and updating our existing courses, there will be a certification process for the facilitators. Much like our current model, the Chief’s Mess will lead this training effort, but we will be augmenting the process with additional facilitator billets over the next few years.  Understanding the challenges for some of our commands in the current process, we will use a coalition approach to delivering these new courses.  Commands with the most resources and the most ability will “host” the training events. The idea is to conduct these courses as close to the waterfront and the flight line as we can without over burdening those commands with a high op-tempo and a small number of Chief’s to facilitate the courses.

Once we have gotten the professional, high-impact set pieces revamped a bit to better give the Fleet what they need in the structured curriculum, we will have the ability to enhance the conversations and the day to day mentoring and coaching that should happen daily in our work centers on the deck plates.

Ultimately, the desired end state of this aspect of Laying the Keel is to start the substantive discussion of and process of leader and character development at the beginning of a Sailor’s career.

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/05/10/new-foundational-training-courses-will-grow-better-enlisted-leaders/ U.S. Navy