RDML Brian P. Fort
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific
”Our mission is supporting our Fleet, so our Sailors may sail into harm’s way, dominate an enemy, and win our Nation’s wars.
Ours is a profession of arms and our business is warfighting. As Navy Region Hawaii, we provide readiness from the shore to sustain Fleet operations, enable our warfighters, and support our families. As Naval Surface Group, Middle Pacific (MIDPAC), we serve as the Surface Force’s Executive Agent for manning, training, and equipping the ships stationed in Pearl Harbor.
Responsible for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and the Pacific Missile Range Facility, our vocation of service is inclusive of - and supports all - service men and women, our civilians, and their families.
We execute our missions to support Commander, Navy Installations Command, and Commander, THIRD Fleet, and in concert with both Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command.
No organization within the Region or MIDPAC can individually succeed. Our success is always a collective team effort and as such, the following leadership charges outline my expectations:
1. Lead with Integrity. The root cause of lack of trust in leadership is a lack of integrity at the core of that leadership. Integrity is the anchor of all great leadership.
2. Be a Bold Decision Maker. Risk averse leadership represents fear and self-preservation. A process for decision making is a must, but that process cannot result in leadership indecision.
3. Communicate Every Day. Frequent professional and personal communication is a hallmark of all great commands. Always praise in public and reprimand in private.
4. Take Care of Those We Serve. Treat everyone with dignity and respect without preference or prejudice. There is no point to leadership without those we serve.
5. Critically Self-Assess Performance at Every Opportunity. Great leadership requires a culture of critical self-assessment. Accountability is our norm and builds trust.
6. Rise to the Challenge in Crisis. History is made in times of crisis and those whose names resonate throughout history are those who respond when called to action.
7. Respect Vulnerability to Vanity. Vanity erodes integrity, and great leaders always have tremendous respect for the power of vanity to lure away from core values.
My Bottom Line: Remember Pearl Harbor! The call to “fight tonight” rarely comes without surprise. Are you ready tonight and are you making a difference? Your service should be rewarding, and you should always be able to articulate what we are doing well, what we need to do better, and how you are contributing.”