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25 Association of the United States Navy just not going right onboard, and it doesn't need to be anything grand, what a great leader does first is they point the finger at themselves and they ask themselves the question, "What did I do wrong?" Great leaders don't point the finger to the external first. ey point it to the internal. Leaders that do that are much more effective in working through that situation to make a better decision next time, as they drive things forward in an organi- zation. We are making a committed investment into continuously devel- oping our leaders out there. We learned a lot, of course, from the Comprehensive Review and studies that have been done, that maybe we need to kind of realign some things and invest a little bit more. And just not in the officer community, that's the enlisted community as well. We are committed to making those investments and we'll continue to make those investments. I wanted to address the issues of sexual assault and suicide. How is the Navy doing with its education and prevention programs? We've probably invested as needed into these programs. It's a long overdue investment, but we've been investing for a number years to get at some unfortunate behaviors that are happening, destructive behaviors that are happening out there. No Sailor, nobody, should take their own life, and we continue to bring platforms forward to help them work through the challenges that they face in their life. e recent development of the SAIL [Sailor Assistance and Intercept for Life suicide prevention] Program has just been phenomenal. One destructive behavior is too many. It affects our team, the whole team, and we can't have that. We sail on ships together, we put our heads down together with one another and we call each other family members, and we should feel safe around our family members. If we have those that chose to do us harm, even within there, we're not going to allow it. We will absolutely hold those people accountable. I come from a pretty large family. I've got six brothers and sisters, a half-brother, a half-sister. … I've pretty much been separated, geographically, from my siblings, my mom and all those folks, for a lot of years. … I tell Sailors today — my Navy family — that I am much closer to them than I am to many of my own siblings, because they are my family too. at may sound unfor- tunate when you think about your siblings and relatives, but that's who I am today. So when I look to my le and I look to my right and I see Sailors sitting there with me, they see Sailors sitting there with them, we should all be looking at each other as family members, and looking to take care of one another. e other piece to that is, I tell Sailors all the time — and this is one of our core values — "be people of courage." Not just being courageous for yourself. Not just being courageous for those family members, those siblings, your spouses, your children. But being courageous for that Navy family, your shipmates there beside you. You know them better than anybody else. And when you see something affecting them in their lives or something's just not right with them, have the courage to help them through it. Have the courage to let leadership know that you see something wrong with your ship- mate, because they may not have the courage at the time because, for whatever reason, they're dealing with something that is beyond their capacity right now. If we have that mindset with everyone, I've got to believe that no one that has that mindset would do anything with intent to do harm. We'll get at the destructive behavior and we'll get at taking care of one another so that we don't have suicides, as we continue to invest in training and education. at's why we develop systems like peer-to-peer type training, because of that family piece, because they are more connected with one another than anybody else. ey live beside each other. ey work beside each other. So why not talk about those things with one another instead of just putting a very senior person in a room talking to a group of Sailors? n "Education allows them to reason, but when you're out there at sea and you're placed forward in some tough environments and these duties, what gets you through all that is not always the ability to reason."

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