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Vision: We Lead Change
 Our vision statement is the “why” we volunteered for this expedition into the future.
MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) represents the opportunity to transform the surface Navy today and for decades to come. There is risk. To realize these opportunities requires prudent boldness and a sense of innovation and adventure, not unlike those that have embarked on expeditions before us. And while that tradition provides context, it must not become a barrier to progress. Our ship is unlike anything that any of us have seen before and will require us to serve one another unlike any other ship in the Navy. For our Naval Profession of Arms to progress - to be better tomorrow than we are today - every one of us must lead change.
Philosophy: “You Never Quit”
Our philosophy describes how we meet our vision and is summed up in these three words that Michael Monsoor wrote inside his cover.
“You Never Quit” conveys the confidence in the readiness of our ship, our shipmates, and ourselves to lead change.  Such confidence is born of our shared purpose, our vision of the future, and the free flow of communication and continuous development.  “You Never Quit” guided Michael each day: it is our rallying call to persevere and our guide in uncertain times.
Trust. Trust is the explicit operating environment in MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001): every word and action is our commitment to each other and to the citizens whom we serve.  Trust allows us to move forward in ambiguous and uncertain times, confident in the purity of our intentions, our individual and collective abilities, and the knowledge that we will never quit each other.
Engagement.  Our trust in one another means that we seek opportunities to improve ourselves, our team, and our ship. Through transparency of actions and the free flow of communication, we will create a feedback system that highlights each Sailor’s strengths and our collective limitations.  By emphasizing personal and professional development in MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001) where leaders engage leaders on a daily basis, every Sailor, team, and ultimately, our Navy and Nation will benefit.
Attitude.  Michael’s words demonstrate the positive effect of attitude in overcoming obstacles.  The opportunity to lead change requires optimism and a sense of a better future – for our families, our Navy, and our Nation.  It also requires fierce determination to bring all of our physical and mental energies and focus to bear.  With such an attitude, we demonstrate 1) the willingness to undertake this new opportunity and, 2) the perseverance to complete it.
Mastery.  Michael’s example of mastery provides a benchmark for us as members of the Profession of Arms: his selflessness and humility amplified his warfare skills and demonstrated his abilities as a leader in the most complex situations.
To lead change, we will master our ship and all of the capabilities she brings to bear.  More than technology though, we must know ourselves and each other to understand our leadership abilities in context.  Mastery offers us the opportunity to innovate in leadership and professional development as well as tactics, techniques, and procedures.  We do not seek the safety of a “zero-defect” command; by exercising prudent boldness, we will continuously improve, and by unleashing our innate desire to learn and lead, we make ourselves, our ship, and our Navy better every day.


Letter from the CO:

Shipmate,USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG-1001) - click to see larger image

Welcome aboard and congratulations on your assignment to USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG-1001). You are joining an elite group as only the very best Sailors are accepted for assignment to the most technologically advanced ship in the Navy!

If you have received orders to USS MICHAEL MONSOOR (DDG 1001), please email and we will provide you with a sponsor to help make your transition as smooth as possible. We are excited to have you onboard!

You will play a key role in defining the reputation and character of this ship and in perpetuating the legacy of MA2 (SEAL) Michael Monsoor. Our job is to meld the steel and technology our country has provided to us, and turn them into a formidable warship with a battle-ready crew who are committed to our Profession of Arms. Make no mistake, this ship was built from the keel up for offense, and we who make up her crew will be instruments of U.S. national policy. Readying this ship to accomplish that tasking is an awesome responsibility.

Much will be asked of you in this assignment, but above all I will ask one thing – that you strive everyday, in everything you do, to remain true to the characteristics of our namesake: loyalty, devotion, selflessness. As you learn his story, you will find this becomes a calling.

You will soon be contacted by your assigned sponsor who will assist you in planning for your arrival and answer any questions you may have about this assignment. Please do not hesitate to contact our Command Master Chief, CMDCM (SW/AW/IW) Kristopher Freyberg at or (619)-556-4308 if you have questions that your sponsor is not able to answer.

I look forward to meeting you, getting to know you, and working alongside you to bring this great ship to life! Welcome aboard Shipmate!



                            Vincent A. Fortson

               CAPT, USN

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is an Ombudsman?
Every Command has an Ombudsman who is a spouse of a sailor at the Command. The Ombudsman serves as the liaison between the command and the families. The Ombudsman is the point of contact for the families. He or she can assist families with navigating through Navy life through resources and information.

2. How can an Ombudsman help me?
Navy Family Ombudsmen are key resources for family members, particularly during deployments. Ombudsmen maintain current resource files with information on military and civilian community agencies that can help families solve a variety of problems, and successfully meet the challenges they face before, during, and after deployments. In addition to providing referral information, Ombudsmen can facilitate communication between the Command and family members. Ombudsmen may publish or contribute to command newsletters or maintain care lines, which have recorded messages with information for command families that can be accessed 24 hours a day. Ombudsmen can also assist families in contacting the Command for a variety of reasons.

3. What is the role of the COMNAVSURFPAC Force Ombudsman?
The Force Ombudsman provides oversight and guidance for all the Surface Ship's Ombudsmen in the Pacific Fleet Area of Responsibility. You can contact the Surface Forces Ombudsman at (619) 301-6983 or send an email to

4. What is an IA assignment or tour?
An IA is an Individual Augmentee. A Sailor may receive orders to go IA and this means that he or she will deploy as an Individual, not with their command. Sometimes an IA will deploy and be stationed with another branch of the Military.

5. What is NFAAS?
Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System. This is how the Navy will track your family and assess your needs during an emergency.

6. How can I find out more about medical, dental or Navy family resources?
Contact your Command Ombudsman. He or she will guide you to your resources.

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