FIGHTING TIGER COMMAND PHILOSOPHY
Vision: Provide combat ready aircrews and aircraft to our Joint Combatant Commanders which are able to execute with excellence across the full spectrum of Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance mission areas.
Our Mission: Be the most combat ready Squadron in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force through steadfast leadership of the Navy’s finest Sailors.
Culture: Patrol Squadron EIGHT enjoys an unparalleled reputation for operational and organizational excellence where every Fighting Tiger is afforded an equal opportunity to succeed on his or her own merits. We will continue to hold ourselves to the highest standards and must recognize that morale will never rise if standards are ever allowed to fall. We will continue to advance our hard-won reputation through dedication and adherence to the following pillars:
Pride. Every Sailor within this command is a Fighting Tiger and, therefore, a member of the finest military organization in which I have had the pleasure to serve. We represent the highest ideals of Honor, Courage, and Commitment and serve as a beacon to all who desire to achieve something greater. Our conduct on a daily basis and our military bearing, whether on or off duty, must reflect these ideals. Therefore, we reject those behaviors that would tarnish what we have worked for and we will not tolerate hazing, discrimination, harassment, fraternization, disrespect, DUI, theft, or any other activity that will bring discredit upon ourselves, this squadron, or our Navy.
Professionalism. We are warfighters of the highest caliber within our mission areas. If called to act, we will deliver violent force upon our enemies with lethal precision. We cannot accomplish this unless each of us is an expert in our given fields. Strive to become this expert and never settle for less.
- As aircrew, we must continually educate ourselves on the broad scope of mission areas in which we are expected to be proficient. We will be relentless in the execution of our tasking and never accept defeat while any reasonable means exists to achieve success. Our hallmark will be higher standards of on-station excellence and tactical expertise.
- As maintainers, “by the book” maintenance and quality work completed efficiently will continue to be our hallmarks. Constrained resources and a myriad of configurations will continue to challenge us both mentally and physically. Utilizing both our own considerable expertise and the talents of the greater Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance community we will maintain our weapon systems to Fully Mission Capable standards.
- As support personnel, our hallmarks will be unmatched customer service and an unyielding commitment to the success of the organization. Our attention to detail will undeniably impact the ability of every Fighting Tiger to maintain the necessary focus on their primary task.
People. Patrol Squadron EIGHT is a fighting force made up of some 360 individuals acting in concert to execute a common mission. Each Sailor, regardless of rank or rate, is integral to the overall success of this unit. Each of us must strive to achieve a work-life balance that recharges us, maintains health, and enables a singular focus on safe task completion while on the job. As Shipmates, we will watch for signs of undue stress in our fellow Fighting Tigers and render assistance as necessary. As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to see to the personal and professional growth of our Sailors and to encourage their continuing education. Keep our Sailors informed; communication at every level is the lifeblood of any command. Above all, always look out for and care for each other.
Through a focus on Pride, Professionalism, and People we will execute all assigned tasking with a grace, style, and passion that is uniquely Fighting Tiger. Do not forget to have fun and be safe along the way. We are all members of Patrol Squadron EIGHT, a part of Naval Aviation, and part of a family: Once a Tiger – ALWAYS A TIGER.
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TODD A. LIBBY