Marines and Sailors my guidance to you is simple and has four tenets.
Accountability: The key to all we do as Marines and Sailors is accountability.
We are accountable to:
Our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment
Our warrior ethos of discipline, ethical conduct, and responsibility
Our commander’s and our oath to support and defend the Constitution
The American Public
We are accountable for:
Our assigned mission
Our Marines and Sailors
Our weapons and equipment
Our words and actions
Conduct: As Marines and Sailors, the Nation has a higher expectation of us. Your standard of conduct both on and off duty must reflect the core values of the Marine Corps and the Navy. Nothing less endangers the reputation of the Naval Service.
Proficiency: Repetition in training breeds proficiency. We will maximize training time, particularly at-sea periods, to ensure we are prepared for the most demanding of missions and environments.
Total Fitness: Our essential tasks are demanding because often the mission requires nothing less than our last full measure. To achieve a balanced approach to mission success, your total fitness is critical. Total fitness is built, maintained, and restored through attention to the "four cords" of fitness.
Body - Proper physical fitness enables you to endure the physical hardships that often accompany the mission.
Mind – Proper mental fitness through continued education both PME and civilian is necessary for keeping your decision making abilities sharp.
Spirit – Spirituality can take many forms but a balanced outlook enhances resiliency to adversity.
Family & Friends – Time with family/friends provides the complete balance and perspective on everything we do. Our mission requires long hours away so time for family/friends must be incorporated into our plans to ensure it is quality time.
Expeditionary operations are challenging and will at times stretch us to our full capabilities. Time and attention must be paid to all four tenets or the ability of the unit to attain mission success will be degraded. These tenets will not be marginalized and together CLB-11 will be successful in our assigned mission.
Edward A. Donovan
Lieutenant Colonel, USMC