STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) is leading the charge to ensure prevention of sexual assault and other destructive behaviors.
"We must guarantee that each of our Sailors is treated with the respect they deserve," said Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, NAVMETOCCOM commander and oceanographer of the Navy.
Gallaudet kicked off a SAPR focus group at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, March 16, based off a recommendation from his command Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) team. The diverse focus group of Sailors brainstormed more prevention best practices to counter these demeaning behaviors and attitudes.
"These are behaviors you do not see on winning teams," Gallaudet said. "Our work today will help us get better, will help our shipmates, and overall make us a better team."
Representatives from varying pay grades and demographics from eight local naval oceanography commands participated in the group, which coincided with the U.S. Fleet Forces Destructive Behavior workshop at Stennis Space Center.
"It was insightful and beneficial to leave rank aside for an hour and talk frankly about the problem and solutions for the future of our Navy," said Lt. Kierstin Pastrana, SAPR point of contact, who facilitated the conversation.
Naval oceanography commands will implement these best practices and send them to U.S. Fleet Forces to add to their consolidated fleet list.
Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs and oversees more than 2,500 globally-distributed military and civilian personnel who collect, process and exploit information on the physical environment the fleet requires to operate and navigate safely and effectively, and to make better decisions faster than the adversary.
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