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VX-30 (the “Bloodhounds”) Statement

Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ZERO (VX-30) is committed to providing unparalleled research, development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems. VX-30 is also dedicated to supporting the Sea Test Range locally and worldwide.

VX-30 will accomplish its mission through adherence to the following expectations:

Lead by Example. The respect that peers and subordinates have for you as a leader is the one tool that lets you do your job. In failing to lead by example, respect is diminished and, in turn, ability to perform the job suffers. A leader's biggest fear should be losing respect—either due to a lack of leadership by example in things such as bearing, customs, and courtesies or because of a lack of knowledge and competence. Lead others as you would want to be led, with the honesty to tell the truth, even when it hurts; demonstrate integrity to follow through, even when you do not want to; and develop a two-way trust between you and your peers and subordinates.

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Empowerment and Mentorship. Leadership, like any learned skill, requires time and dedication to develop in an environment that is conducive to its continual application. It is a skill learned through careful study and reinforced only through practical application. It is this application of leadership that is fundamental to the mentorship of our junior personnel. Empower your junior personnel to make decisions at the appropriate level and allow them to see those decisions through. In this way, leadership becomes ingrained as a culture throughout the command, allowing our junior personnel to grow both professionally and personally while ensuring the future strength of our Navy through strong and independent-minded leaders.

Diversity and Respect. Every single person in this command is shaped by a continuum of conditions that define his or her life experience—none of which is exactly alike. The diversity of this command represents strength, a well of knowledge and experience from which to draw to provide intelligent, proactive solutions to challenges across the entire spectrum of the command's mission. You are expected, as leaders, to leverage this diversity to accomplish our mission and as Bloodhounds to respect the thoughts and beliefs of others.

Teamwork. Teamwork is the cornerstone to accomplishing the myriad of tasks that define the command's mission. In the air and on the ground, the Bloodhounds are a team of highly qualified, highly competent professionals focused on the goals before us. Teamwork is essential to the command's success. Make no decisions in a vacuum and provide balance to our fellow Bloodhounds.

Using the Navy's core values as our moral compass, I expect our actions to be guided by the following principles:

Integrity. Integrity is the sum of all ethical behavior. It is living by your highest values and being honest and sincere. Integrity helps you to listen to your conscience, to do the right thing, and to tell the truth. You act with integrity when your words and actions match. Integrity gives you self-respect and a peaceful heart.

Commitment. Already a Navy core value, it bears restating that commitment to the command, to your fellow Bloodhounds, and most importantly to yourself is critical to the accomplishment of our mission. Treat each individual with human dignity; be committed to positive change and constant improvement; and exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality, and competence in what we have been trained to do. The day-to-day duty of every man and woman is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people, and ourselves.

Excellence. Excellence is doing your best, giving careful attention to every task and every relationship. Excellence is effort guided by a noble purpose. It is the understanding that perfection is not a destination but a journey. The perfection of a seed comes in the fruit. When you practice excellence, you bring your gifts to fruition. I do not expect anyone to be perfect; rather, I encourage the pursuit of perfection in everything we do.

About VX-30

Established in May 1995, VX-30 is a weapons test squadron whose mission is to provide research, development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems. VX-30 also provides support to the Sea Test Range, both locally and worldwide. Squadron manning is composed of 33 officers, 82 enlisted sailors, 20 civilians, and 102 contractors.

The Bloodhounds and their sister squadron, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron THREE ONE (VX-31), make up the two components of the Naval Test Wing Pacific. The Naval Test Wing Pacific is commanded by CAPT Thomas Santomauro and is a component of the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD).

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To accomplish its mission, VX-30 operates a diverse inventory of aircraft, including the NP-3D Orion, P-3C Orion and KC-130T Hercules. VX-30 has been designated “the responsible test organization” and has recently acquired several unmanned aerial systems, including Scan Eagle, Ranging and Velocity Navigation (RAVEN), and Integrator.

Bloodhound aircraft accomplish range surveillance, photometric support, area clearance, and airborne telemetry on the Naval Air Systems Command Sea Test Range. Project officers lead several weapon system developmental test programs for the Fleet. The Range Department operational specialists are responsible for safety of flight and range clearance for the 36,000 square nautical mile Sea Test Range. The Airborne Threat Simulation Detachment routinely deploys worldwide to meet unique weapon testing needs at remote ranges and to provide Fleet support.

The squadron is poised to continue supporting the Sea Test Range and NAWCWD weapons testing while assuming the responsibility for unmanned aerial systems developmental testing.

Last Update 21-May-2018 17:38