Command Philosophy

I am proud to be your Commanding Officer.  It is a privilege to live in Sasebo Japan and serve alongside the greatest Sailors in the world.
   Our mission requires us to operate in a high density, multi-threat environment as the Naval Beach Element of the Forward Deployed Naval Force Amphibious Ready Group.  An operational unit that directly contributes to the core capabilities of U.S. Maritime Sea Power:  Forward Presence, Deterrence, Sea Control, Power Projection, and Maritime Security.  We provide the movement of troops, equipment, vehicles and supplies from amphibious shipping across the beach.
   Every Sailor at NBU SEVEN is vital to our mission.  Being able to do your job to the best of your ability is important to me.  Utilizing the chain of command is crucial, emphasize the use of it.  No matter where you are in the chain, your job is to take care of each other.  As leaders, it is important that we communicate early and often.   Communication is significant to our success as one team.   If you are a supervisor make yourself approachable and available to your Sailors.  Keep our Sailors informed and whenever possible, explain why tasks need to be done.  Treat everyone fairly.  Listen to others and provide opportunities for feedback.   Remember to praise in public and reprimand in private.
   Honor, Courage, and Commitment are the very fabric of our command.  We will maintain the highest standards of duty, integrity, and accountability.   Continually strive to expand your knowledge and qualifications through training.  The Navy has instructions and SOPs to guide us in executing our mission; know these instructions and adhere to them.  Only an appropriate level of leadership may authorize deviation from written guidance.  Follow these instructions to the letter as abuse and neglect of equipment directly impacts the efficiency, effectiveness, and readiness of our command.  Maintenance, property accountability, and resource management must be integrated into our daily operations.
   Take care of yourself and your family.  I encourage you to develop your spiritual, physical, and mental well-being to the fullest extent possible.  Set realistic professional and personal goals and work to achieve them.  Supporting yourself positively influences your outlook, improves your performance, builds resiliency, and better prepares you for the future.   Support and love your family and let us help you take care of them where we can.  We want them to view NBU SEVEN as an extended family – accept it as such.  It is a comforting feeling for family members to know that someone is there if needed.
   As deployed detachments, I need you to forge healthy, professional, and enduring relationships with the various commands which you are assigned.  I expect you to cooperate, collaborate, and form partnerships in all matters.  We must make every effort to break down barriers that hinder our success.  Transparency and integrity are paramount to NBU SEVEN meeting mission.
   Finally, I will strive always to be honest and upfront with you.  I owe it to you to keep you informed whenever possible and to listen without prejudging and expect your frank opinions.  Remember that our time in Japan is short so make it worthwhile.  Always treat others with kindness, dignity, and respect –we want to leave behind a positive legacy.

 Morris Oxendine