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Britten Defining Command Culture at FRC West Fort Worth Fleet Readiness Center West Fort Worth is a Navy

and Marine Corps Aviation intermediate maintenance department. The job of the command is to repair failed parts from Navy and

Marine Corps aircraft throughout the Fleet. Unlike most commands in the Navy or Marine Corps FRC West Fort Worth is an integrated command. Sailors and marines are expected to work together on a day to day basis towards a common Goal. This is sometimes easier said than done. The difference in policy and procedures and administrative barriers make this integration more difficult rather than beneficial. The Navy and Marine Corps share certain commonalities maintenance-wise; however, organizationally they are completely different. Given those differences, when a command becomes integrated that means nothing other than having two separate organizations within the same walls doing the same job and constantly disagreeing on the management structure. The FRC West organizational structure functions on two different chains of command. The Marine chain of command operates alongside the navy chain of command. At the work center level is where the duality ends and integration begins. In the current state there can only be one Leading Petty Officer or Staff Non-commissioned officer in charge of a work center or division. This leads to power struggles between the Sailors and Marines who are fighting for that position. Differences in the organizational and rank structures of the Navy and Marine Corps enlisted communities lead to leader-subordinate conflicts within the work centers. A Marine Corps Sargent, an E-5, is typically given the responsibilities of a Navy First Class Petty Officer, an E-6), when in a Marine Corp command. But in the integrated Command of FRC

Britten west they are treated as an equal to a Navy E-5. This creates a bad taste in the mouths of the Marines who expected to take on a more definitive role in the command.

The Navy and Marine Corps different administrative and training requirements have also played a major part in the conflict that is present in the integrated command. The Marine corps has more concerns, even within the aviation field, than just aviation. Their requirements consist of having combat ready Marines at all times unlike the Navy in which sailors have only their primary jobs in concern. The constant requirements that must be tended to by the Marines left the Sailors at the FRC stuck with the heavy workload the majority of the time. This has become an issue of morale among sailors in undermanned work centers. Although the easiest and most logical solution to the issue of integration within FRC West Fort Worth is to simply segregate the two organizations as they have been in the past. This solution however, is not in line with the mission and goals of the Department of the Navy. With that being said the key to creating an integrated command culture while incorporating the traditions and cultures of both services, is to create a single policy and conduct training to Sailors and Marines at every available opportunity. Sailors and Marines will be essential to the successful implementation of an integrated culture. The transformation to an integrated Command will require implementing fundamental changes, while remaining true to heritage and traditions. The familiarity and trust between Sailors and Marines at all levels of the command is essential to true integration. The key to building this trust and integration is to train and educate Sailors and Marines to think and operate as a single entity.