“EIGHTBALLERS” FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE (FWA) POLICY
Every “Eightballer” is directly responsible to the citizens of the United States to ensure that our resources are well managed, free of fraud, waste and inefficiency. Moreover, in this fiscally constrained environment, we shall scrutinize every expense to ensure that it fully supports the command’s mission and prioritize between “needs” and “wants” to maximize our fiscal resources. The “old days” of discarding materials only to re-purchase them down the road are over- that is simply not our reality. Acts of fraud or intentional mismanagement will not be tolerated and we expect each member of this command to vigorously detect, deter and eliminate fraud, waste, and inefficiency whenever it is found. We challenge every “Eightballer” to remain alert to the possibility of accidental and illegal acts, and immediately report any incident to the Legal/ FWA Officer in order to preserve the valuable resources the taxpayers have provided our military forces.
“EIGHTBALLERS” DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI) POLICY
Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or any medication that affects your ability to safely drive is not only exceptionally dangerous, but IT IS A CRIME THAT WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Through active bystander intervention, shipmates help shipmates make better decisions and avoid bad situations. If there is an “Eightballer” in company- TAKE CHARGE AND DO THE RIGHT THING! Every Sailor who violates the law will be held accountable for their actions. Furthermore, the command views any Sailor in company who tolerates this crime as an accomplice and will hold that person accountable as well. Revocation of base driving privileges for one year is mandatory when any Sailor is found guilty of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of any narcotic or drug, by civil court, courts-martial, Captain’s Mast, or by this command's administrative procedures. Driving under the influence is 100% preventable. Don’t endanger the lives of innocent people and don’t waste a promising career. Have a good plan BEFORE you head out. If that plan fails, call the duty office or your chain of command for a safe ride- NO QUESTIONS ASKED. Bottom line- Do not get behind the wheel if you are under the influence!
“EIGHTBALLERS” SEXUAL HARRASSMENT POLICY
All personnel within the Department of the Navy have a responsibility for maintaining the highest standards of integrity and conduct to properly conduct our missions while maintaining public trust throughout the execution of our missions. Sexual harassment violates these standards, injures our shipmates, and denies HSC-8 its most valued operational resource- our Sailors. Sexual harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at any level!
All “Eightballers” shall maintain a professional working environment that embodies the highest standards of conduct and respect for all, while fostering teamwork, good order and discipline . Sexual harassment undermines the integrity of the employment relationship, weakens morale, damages trust, and interferes with daily productivity and success. Substantiated acts of, or conduct which results in, sexual harassment shall result in corrective administrative or disciplinary action.
“EIGHTBALLERS” EQUAL OPPORTUNITY (EO) POLICY
All “Eightballers” shall maintain a professional working environment that embodies the highest standards of conduct and respect, while fostering teamwork, good order and discipline. Racial, sexual, ethnic, or religious discrimination- including any perception of the above- is unacceptable. We expect all “Eightballers” to contribute by upholding a positive command climate.
We will immediately investigate any complaint of discrimination, harassment, or reprisal against those who report an “out of bounds” act or mistreatment.
We will take action on anyone who discriminates against, harasses, or conducts reprisals against another person. Any instances of false accusations of discrimination or harassment will be investigated and acted upon accordingly.
Our goal is to maintain a professional work environment- free of discrimination of all kind, that affords hard-working professionals every opportunity for success and allows Sailors to focus on our mission. DO NOT HESTITATE to ask the Command Managed Equal Opportunity Officer (CMEO) and/or your chain of command (to include the Command Triad) if you have any concerns about potential acts of discrimination or questions about the proper reporting channels for any EO matter!
“EIGHTBALLERS” FRATERNIZATION POLICY
“Fraternization” is the term traditionally used to identify personal relationships which violate the customary bounds of acceptable senior-subordinate relationships. Although it has most commonly been applied to officer-enlisted relationships, fraternization also includes improper relationships and social interactions between officers, as well as between enlisted personnel- regardless of the service affiliation.
Fraternization is a gender-neutral concept. Its focus is on the detriment to good order and discipline resulting from the erosion of respect for authority inherent in an unduly familiar senior-subordinate relationship, not the sex of the members involved.
Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members which are unduly familiar and do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited and violate long-standing custom and tradition of the Naval Service. Similar relationships which are unduly familiar between officers or between enlisted members of different rank or grade may also be prejudicial to good order and discipline or of a nature to bring discredit upon the Naval Service and are prohibited. Conduct, which constitutes fraternization, is not excused or mitigated by a subsequent marriage between the offending parties.
All “Eightballers” shall maintain a professional working environment that embodies the highest standards of conduct and properly recognizes differences in rank or supervisory position. The chain of command will investigate and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action as necessary to correct any inappropriate behavior. Those who knowingly tolerate fraternization will be held accountable.
This policy and the prohibition of fraternization found in U.S. Navy Regulations Chapter 11, Section 5, Article 1165 are lawful general orders effective without further implementation. Violation of this policy subjects those involved to disciplinary action under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
“EIGHTBALLERS” SAFETY POLICY
Safe operations across the command are an essential priority to our success. We cannot bring the fight to the enemy and win if we needlessly jeopardize the health and well-being of any Sailor, or cause damage or loss of our equipment. It is essential that safe practices and sound Operational Risk Management become embedded within every evolution at HSC-8. On top of the five-step ORM process and four principles of ORM, remember these tenets:
- 24/7, both ON AND OFF DUTY, safety and executing safe practices plays an integral part of our everyday lives.
- Communicate issues up, down, and across the chain of command- what affects one, affects all.
- We are in a Maintenance & Training Phase- There is NO EVOLUTION worth risking life or limb. Only I will determine Operational Necessity if and when required.
- “Murphy’s Law”- what can go wrong, will. Always “what if” the situation or evolution, or ask yourselves “what is different today?”
- NEVER accept unnecessary risk!
- FIGHT COMPLACENCY! No matter how many times you’ve done it before- it should NEVER be “routine”!
- WHEN IN DOUBT, THERE IS NO DOUBT! Pause and get a supervisor.
- Leadership is not limited by rank or position- ANYONE CAN BE A LEADER AND PREVENT A BAD SITUATION FROM UNFOLDING.
- We can’t do it alone, and we can’t afford to not do it right. Supervisors must lead by example, but everyone plays a role!
Eightballers encounter numerous hazards on a daily basis; however, we have controls in place to manage them. We expect every Sailor at HSC-8 to have a constant “safety attitude” in everything they do. Use ORM to develop a sound plan and use the chain of command to validate your thought process. Before any evolution, assess the risk, and always look out for your Shipmates! Remember- WHEN IN DOUBT, THERE IS NO DOUBT!
D. W. KINGSLEY W. H. SHIPP
COMMANDING OFFICER EXECUTIVE OFFICER
B. G. SCHIMMEL