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“Force readiness and resilience begin and end with our people,” said Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro. “This rebranding reflects an important modernization in our thinking about the cultural challenges facing our military and is crucial to sustaining an inclusive culture of dignity and respect, intolerant of violence in all its forms. This is an important opportunity to move our service members, their families and DON civilians to the center of our efforts and address these challenges with renewed rigor and emphasis.”
The portfolio grew significantly in the last several years to encompass various components of force preservation and readiness. The office will continue to confront sexual assault and harassment prevention and response, advocate for survivor-centered policies, and promote resilience and suicide prevention through integrated programs, policies, leadership development and oversight activities.
Research shows that environments that are permissive of sexual harassment, gender discrimination, lack of responsibility and intervention, lack of respect and cohesion and workplace hostility pose a higher risk for destructive outcomes. DON OFR will continue to offer tools, resources, policy, and oversight to address the harmful behaviors and attitudes that erode trust and readiness.
“The DON is making a historic shift from primarily focusing on survivor support to prioritizing prevention of destructive behaviors,” said Andrea N. Goldstein, acting director, DON OFR. “That mission is not going away. In addition, we’re committed to tackling our most pressing cultural challenges, rebuilding institutional trust and setting the conditions for equity, inclusion and Department-wide accountability.”
DON OFR recognizes the intersection of cultural challenges across the Naval services, as well as the solutions needed to build healthier, cohesive teams and a ready force. The office reports to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) and serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Navy on all matters sexual assault, sexual harassment and suicide prevention and response.
The offices’ immediate priorities include:
To learn more about DON OFR, visit: https://www.secnav.navy.mil/ofr/Pages/default.aspx
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