As your Commanding General, I want every member of this Group to completely understand how I feel about Equal Opportunity & Sexual Harassment. Let me be clear; this unit is a “meritocracy” where deed, action, and accomplishment have precedent. Merit cannot flourish absent an environment rich in mutual respect for fellow Marines, Sailors, and their family members. All must foster an environment where dignity, pride, and mutual respect exist in a Group committed to excellence.
III MEF’s policies on Equal Opportunity are clear: equal opportunity for all without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, or national origin consistent with the law and regulations and requirements for physical and mental abilities. Anyone who engages in or fails to actively counter discrimination or sexual harassment is liable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Marines are advised to seek resolution of inappropriate behavior via the Informal Resolution System (IRS). The intent of the IRS is to quickly address behavior contrary to good order and discipline. If a resolution cannot be reached via the IRS, address the inappropriate behavior formally via on of the five formal complaint procedures or by simple notification of concern via the chain of command. Anyone choosing to initiate a complaint may do so without fear of reprisal. The SgtMaj and I will personally ensure all Formal Reports of sexual harassment or discrimination are immediately investigated and dealt with accordingly.
Ensuring sexual harassment and discrimination does not exist within our Group is the responsibility of all. I will not tolerate any detractor from the combat readiness of our unit, especially one that demeans the honor of a fellow Warrior.
T. W. KING
BRIGADIER GENERAL, U.S MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, 3D MARINE LOGISTICS GROUP