NORFOLK (NNS) -- Chief petty officers and petty officers first class from aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) attended Full Speed Ahead (FSA) Training, Feb. 27.
FSA training builds on the foundation elements of personal engagement, peer accountability and intervention, values-based decision-making, and leadership articulated in Take the Helm (Sexual Assault Prevention and Response courses), Bystander Intervention to the Fleet, and Chart the Course training products.
"This course paints a picture of what right looks like," said Chief Logistics Specialist Roachie Robinson, Naval Education and Training Command, Dam Neck command facilitator. "It is designed to influence Sailors to make good decisions and foster a positive, cultural change in the Navy."
The course included videos, group interaction, and sea stories applicable to the topics at hand. While the topics weren't new, it was an opportunity to revisit them and discuss what Sailors can do to paint the right picture of what "right" looks like.
"The scenarios in the videos are similar to what takes places every day, but not a lot of people want to step up, step in, take charge, and make it right," said Robinson. "We want everyone to do the right thing, even when no one's watching."
Change is hard, but necessary.
"It's a different kind of Navy now, and we must keep up with those changes in order to provide the best work environment we can for our Sailors," said Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Erik Reed. "If we're not doing the right thing, how will our Sailors know what right truly looks like?"
Whether they are junior in rank or more senior, every Sailor is a part of the bigger picture and can affect change.
"I hope Sailors realize the actions they take not only impacts them, but those they lead, whether directly or indirectly," said Reed.
And with all the change which takes place within the Navy, it's important to remember those who will impact change on the deckplates.
"The job is important, but you can't do the job without the people," said Fire Controlman 1st Class Clifford Anderson. "Treating people with respect goes a long way."
FSA training is designed to inspire Sailors to move beyond merely following the rules; it encourages them to always aspire to do the right thing -- socially, morally, ethically, legally -- whether or not explicitly stated in rules and regulations.
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