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In the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force (MPRF), VP-47 was down on their luck. Two back to back Commanding Officers were fired due to personal misconduct. The disgraced Skippers represented only the tip of the iceberg; a squadron mired in management misconduct and failed leadership. Command Climate and Culture surveys indicated leadership, communications, and morale ranked in the bottom amongst VP squadrons for years. Since then, the Sailors at VP-47 took command of their destiny, and their collective efforts ranked the squadron as #1 in morale, #1 in leadership, and #1 in communications. This incredible reversal seems unbelievable. How did the Sailors at VP-47 manage to make such a dramatic change? Cultivating culture through building trust, encouraging teamwork, communicating purpose, and handing over ownership were all essential elements of VP-47's rise to the top.
Skipper T. Ryan Davis is a 20 year Naval Officer with 4,000 hours of flight time encompassing multiple deployments in support of combat operations around the globe. His last assignment was as the Commanding Officer for Patrol Squadron 47, a P-8 squadron responsible for executing the nation’s maritime strategy. During that tour of duty, Commander Davis led his team of 300 Sailors through organizational culture change resulting in the highest morale on record across all VP squadrons, being awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Association Leadership Award, earning the Battle “E” Award for efficiency, and the Retention Excellence Award. CDR Davis has proven himself a passionate leader who cares about people. Helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals is his primary focus.