USS Theodore Roosevelt Asks Sailors to Shape Command Climate


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Heath Zeigler, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Public Affairs


USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, at sea (May 5, 2014) – Leadership wants to hear from Sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosvelt (CVN 71) in an effort to shape an effective workplace.


TR will conduct the Defense Equal Opportunity Climate Survey (DEOCS) on the ship May 12 – 30.


“The survey is a management tool that commanders use to assess their organization’s climate and effectiveness. It is used to identify what is going well within the command and what could use some work,” said Chief Aviation Electrician’s Mate Alva W. Buchanan, the ship’s command climate specialist.


The Survey consists of multiple choice and “yes or no” questions. Sailors can also share their thoughts in separate comment sections.


“The survey is an opportunity for Sailors to voice their opinions directly and anonymously to the commanding officer, whether it’s good or bad,” said Buchanan.


The command assessment team will break down the collected data once the survey is complete.


“This will provide the commanding officer with a snapshot of the areas surveyed and gives the CO the opportunity to find ways to continue with what is working right or correct what might need some attention,” said Buchanan.


TR Sailors will receive a password and a hyperlink that will direct them to the website for the 30 minute survey, which is anonymous and voluntary.


Sailors are encouraged to join focus groups following the survey to help brainstorm ideas to improve TR’s climate.


“Be honest and honest about how you feel the programs are being run,” said Buchanan. “Help us help you.”


Join the conversation with TR online at and For more news from USS Theodore Roosevelt, visit