Thursday, July 24, 2014

CO in the spotlight - Commander Joe Sears - NIOC Pensacola

Commander Sears is a native of Lexington, KY and a 1989 graduate of the University of Kentucky receiving a B.A. in Political Science. He subsequently graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his Masters of Science in Computer Science in 2004.

Originally serving as a Cryptologic Collection Technician Collection (CTR), he completed initial training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes and Cryptologic Collection “A” School, Fort Devens, MA in 1991. He served his initial assignment at Naval Security Group Activity Misawa, Japan. In 1994, he reported to the USS GETTYSBURG (CG-64) as cryptologic analyst conducting operations in the Arabian Gulf, Mediterranean Sea and Caribbean Sea.

In July 1996, Commander Sears commissioned as a Special Duty Officer (Cryptology), now Information Warfare Officer. He was designated a Joint Qualified Officer after his joint tour at U.S. Cyber Command in 2013.

Assignments have included: National Security Agency (NSA), Information Assurance (IA) Directorate as the Navy Advocate for Information Assurance; Pre-commissioning Detachment ROOSEVELT as the detachment Officer in Charge; USS ROOSEVELT (DDG-80) as the Signals Information Warfare Officer supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and maritime interception operations; Navy Information Operations Command Suitland as the Advanced Projects & Demonstrations Deputy Department Head where he also earned his Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification; Commander, SEVENTH Fleet as the Cryptologic Resource Coordinator and Collection Manager; U.S. Cyber Command as an intelligence operations planner and Chief, Combat Targeting; and Navy Information Operations Command Maryland where he served as the N3/CTF 1060 Operations Officer directing cryptologic and cyber operations supporting fleet commanders worldwide.

Commander Sears’ awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (4), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, South West Asia Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Marksman Pistol (expert), and various unit and service awards.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orders and commands

"There is a sharp distinction between an order and a command, although both are used somewhat indiscriminately in referring to either. An order leaves the manner of execution in general up to the recipient of the order. An order does not always specify just when it shall be executed, but frequently fixes a certain time by which it must be executed. A command leaves nothing to the discretion of the recipient. It usually is peremptory, arbitrary, and implies execution at the time of its receipt unless otherwise specified."

Manual of Orders and Commands

Monday, July 21, 2014

COs can authorize ballcaps

Initiated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, this change is a result of Sailor feedback received at all hands calls and is part of Navy's efforts to further empower command triads.

This is VERY empowering.  They should let CMCs decide what belt buckles you can wear and let the XO decide on the color of your socks.

This is empowering the triad???  I don't get it.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S to Commander Mike Elliot on his first year in command

Commander Mike Elliot assumed command of U.S. Navy Information Operations Command Yokosuka, Japan on Friday, 19 July 2013.  He relieved Commander Mike Douglas as Commanding Officer.  You can follow the command on FACEBOOK HERE.

Recently, Commander Elliot also assumed command of U.S. NIOC Misawa from Captain Sean P. Kelley as the command begins the decommissioning process. Captain Justin F. Kershaw presided over the ceremony.

BZ on a great first year and best of luck in making this second year even better.

Friday, July 18, 2014

NIOC Pensacola Change of Command

Commander Joe Sears relieved Commander Pat Count as Commanding Officer, NIOC Pensacola today.  CDR Pat Count's follow-on assignment is as a student at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

NIOC Bahrain Change of Command - LATE NEWS

In 2006, LCDR Cesar G. Rios Jr., helped evacuate thousands of American citizens from Beirut during the conflict between Hezbollah and Israel.
Navy Information Operations Command (NIOC) Bahrain held a change of command ceremony on Monday, July 7 at the Naval Support Activity Bahrain Chapel.

Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet (FCC/C10F), presided over the ceremony in which Commander Cesar G. Rios relieved Commander Julia L. Slattery as commanding officer of NIOC Bahrain.

Julia has transferred to the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  She is a student at the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

BZ to both of these fine officers.  Commander Slattery was recently selected for promotion to Captain.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Stolen from Seth Godin

"It's not business, it's personal"

It's too easy to blame the Navy and the system and the bottom line for decisions that a Sailor would never be willing to take responsibility for.

Whenever you can, work with Sailors who take it personally.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sailors are our most important asset

Sir, when your words and actions don't align, you have fallen into the credibility gap. When you have a credibility gap at your command, it is damaging to your reputation and to your career. And since you're in a significant leadership role, your credibility gap is hurting our Navy and our Sailors.

Navy Regulations 1990

The Commanding Officer and his or her subordinates shall exercise leadership through personal example, moral responsibility, and judicious attention to the welfare of persons under their control or supervision. Such leadership shall be exercised in order to achieve a positive, dominant influence on the performance of persons in the Department of the Navy.

Sunday, July 13, 2014


Time is a non-recoverable asset.  You can't save it up and use it later.  You have to make the most of every minute as it is happening.  Despite any plan you may have, time marches on.  While those minutes tick away, there is something you can do.  You can manage your processes and improve your efficiency.  If you find yourself playing catch-up constantly, you know you have room for improvement.

Learn to balance your time invested with the expected tangible results in mind and you will make better use of the limited time you have.  How do some people manage to get hundreds of things done while you can only manage a dozen?  More than likely, it is a matter of prioritization.  Take a look at yours and see where you stand.  I find that the busier I am, the more efficient I become.  Your results may vary.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thought Leader

or Action Leader?

What kind of leader do you prefer?  Which kind of leader would you prefer to be?

Friday, July 11, 2014

Be the change you want to see in the Navy !!

Even in our great Navy, bureaucracy is like the icy surface that glazes over a frigid ocean. Even the smallest of  cracks in the ice can provide enough space for a ship to pass - certainly enough room for a Staff Action Officer to get through. When you sit still, you risk getting stuck. But if you gradually break up the ice as you go, you can keep moving forward. Rather than surrender to bureaucracy, take it upon yourself to break it.

In subzero waters, icebreaker ships rely on a specially designed steel hull to plow forward. In the climate-controlled spaces of our staff offices, we can rely on a different weapon: The persistent question.  Ask it!

Try breaking up the ice with questions like:
  • "Why does it feel like we are having the same meeting and discussion, over and over again?"
  • "Why don't we just try it and see what happens?"
  • "Specifically what (or who) is getting in the way of us making a decision?"
  • "When exactly will we have a final answer on this?"
You don't have to be the Admiral to ask these questions. On the contrary, they are best asked by the staff action officers tasked with operations and execution.
Rather than surrender to bureaucracy, take it upon yourself to break it.
Breaking up the ice is a painful responsibility, but the Sailor who does it is the person who enables the ship to pass, the action officer who moves the entire project forward.

For the sake of empowering the Navy to make great ideas happen, I make this plea:
  • Be the person who asks the annoying questions.
  • Don't try to get everyone to agree. Instead, put people on the spot to share their objections.
  • When there is ambiguity about the next step, call it out!  Your boss will be glad you did.  Your peers will admire you.  Your wife will beam in your presence.  Your dog will get you the paper.  Life will be good.

(Scott Belsky, in particular).

You can find them HERE.

Thursday, July 10, 2014


"The highest reward for a man‘s toil is not what he gets for it,
but what he becomes by it." 
 John Ruskin 

 What have you become through your toil in the Navy?