Vice Admiral Doug Crowder, U.S. Navy (Retired),* earned a richly deserved service reputation for leadership of the highest caliber. From the most junior enlisted person to the most senior commander, he treated everyone with regard and respect. In turn, he earned the loyalty of officer and enlisted of every stripe. Recently, Admiral Crowder was asked this question: “What would you tell an officer who was arriving in your strike group as a major commander—a destroyer squadron commander, for example?” This is what he had to say:
Major command will be different from anything you have experienced. It is a completely different dynamic and the first in which you will have other commanding officers working directly for you. As a major commander, your number-one duty will be your warfare-commander role within the strike group—and rightfully so. It is time for you to hone your strike group–level tactical and planning skill sets.