From: Captain Fred W. Kacher, USN
To: The Golden Arrows
Subj: DESTROYER SQUADRON SEVEN COMMAND PHILOSOPHY
It is an honor to lead this team as we build something great in Southeast Asia, one of the most pivotal regions in the world. Each of you will be essential to this chapter of our story. To set the right tone for this journey, we will be guided by the following:
We Are Operators First. We are a forward deployed, afloat major command near one of the most strategic waterways in the world. We will bring an operator’s perspective and mindset to every challenge we face. We will never forget that we represent the United States Navy, the most able naval force in the world.
Be Ready, Be Bold. As forward deployed and operational forces, we must always be ready for new opportunities to expand our operational and combat capability. We are here to make a difference – merely perpetuating the status quo is not good enough. As we do this, however, I also want DESRON SEVEN to be a great place to work and live for you and your families.
Great Partners, Great Shipmates. We will foster a spirit of mutual support among our ships, our regional partners and each other. We will approach every international partner knowing that we all have things to learn from each other. We will always remember our roles as guests and ambassadors as we build the relationships that underpin the prosperity and stability of the Asia-Pacific.
Leaders Always. Everyone here is a leader, and for us to succeed, every leader must punch above his or her weight. If there is a better way, I need to hear from you. Conversely, never walk by problem. If there is a challenge at sea, ashore, or on liberty, our senior leader will take charge. Further, just as we are all leaders, we must also be great followers. Be positive, proactive, and loyal; when your boss succeeds, so do you.
Warrior Ethos. We are members of a profession of arms that represents the United States Navy’s long tradition of Victory at Sea. We will seek out every opportunity to hone our operational edge and build future leaders in the Fleet. Training, practice and repetition build combat readiness, and we must be committed to steady, constant improvement. Finally, I expect every one of us to show courage as a warfighter, courage as a human being, and courage to do the right thing, as I promise you the very same.
I am thrilled to be your Commodore and leading this incredible group. You’ve done amazing work since our first days in Southeast Asia, but I am going to ask even more of you in the future. Our Shipmates, our Navy, and our Nation deserve nothing less!
Proud to Sail with You!
Fred W. Kacher, CAPT, USN