Laying the Keel: Developing the backbone of our Navy

Steven S. Giordano
COMMENTARY Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Building trust, developing leaders, and driving high performance teams are never-ending tasks. For the enlisted force, “Laying the Keel: Developing the Backbone of Our Navy” sets the structure and continuous learning conditions towards those ends.

In anything we do, we must always have a vision first. “Laying the Keel” is the blueprint of that vision for enlisted leader development.

It provides junior Sailors an earlier opportunity to learn leadership skills and prepare themselves to become future leaders.

This was developed by Sailors for Sailors. This deliberate and comprehensive approach is a path to becoming more authentic, competent, and courageous leaders.

I want (Sailors) to feel that the Navy is now taking a very committed investment into their development as leaders. They can look at this and see that investment moving forward with both a process that shows institutional structure but also a level of flexibility that allows all the units to feel empowered to go own their responsibilities in that enlisted force.

On behalf of the secretary of the Navy, chief of naval operations and myself, we are so extremely proud of our Sailors and everything they do. We maintain extreme situational awareness of where and how they’re operating, and how we can better support them. But what we need more than anything else is feedback from them and how we can make things better for them and their families.

“Laying the Keel” sets our course towards a stronger culture of ownership, an environment of positive energy, and intrinsically motivated teams, driving towards maximum level of performance with one goal in mind — winning.

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