Truman's CMEO Team Helps Improve Command Climate

Story Number: NNS090828-21Release Date: 8/28/2009 2:58:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kayla Jo Guthrie, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) team is dedicated to serving Truman Sailors by addressing command climate issues, such as working conditions and quality of life.

The CMEO team provides surveys to the crew to identify new ways to improve morale and make necessary changes.

CMEO members also investigate and respond to complaints based on equal opportunity matters in the command.

"The CMEO team is used to promote positive command morale and quality of life by ensuring everyone aboard the ship is treated fair and has the same opportunities, regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, age and national origin," said Lt. Erick Stroud, the Truman's CMEO team manager.

The team consists of chiefs and officers who volunteer for the position. The CMEO team is comprised of three different teams, the Command Assessment Team (CAT), Heritage Cultural Comittee and the Command Training Team (CTT).

"The ship's intranet provides a link to the team that allows crew members to file a complaint," said Ensign Sergio Wooden, intelligence officer and CMEO assistant manager. "A team member will look over the complaint and investigate the issue to see what needs to be done to solve it."

The process of filing a complaint is completely confidential, according to Stroud. Complete indemnity is important to both the Sailor and the CMEO team.

"The crew can utilize us without fear of reprisal," said Stroud.

One mindset that Stroud said he would like to see changed is that some Sailors fear the process is ineffective. He assures that the CMEO team looks into every report to make sure every voice is heard. In order to make the CMEO team work for the crew, Sailors need to voice their opinions and provide information to the team, said Stroud.

"We want people to come forward and say how they feel the command could be better," added Wooden.

Charged with conducting many functions, including command assessment surveys, investigating formal and informal complaints and providing and offering training to any personnel who request it, the CMEO team is on board to serve the crew.

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