"Am I enthusiastic about things? Yes! I focus my enthusiasm on the deckplates. I focus my enthusiasm on Sailors. I focus my enthusiasm on the leadership that leads Sailors; that's where my enthusiasm lies," said Gumataotao.
Displaying this enthusiasm during the graduation ceremony, Gumataotao expressed his pride for the graduates and challenged them to maximize their potential for themselves, for their command, and for the Navy.
"Find the discipline to be very good at your profession," he urged. "You're not just an ensign. You're a surface warfare professional."
Elaborating on the teamwork required to achieve success, he discussed the importance of trust, reminding the BDOC graduates that a team cannot succeed without trust, and that there is no trust without competency. His five priorities are based on this principle.
Gumataotao's first four priorities are to improve the tactical and technical competence of Sailors by utilizing as many resources as possible, to produce combat ready ships by taking care of people and systems, to manage wholeness, and to synchronize lines of effort between all surface warfare stakeholders.