Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Wright, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force.

Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Wright, the commander of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force. (Jim Schulz / S&S)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The commander of U.S. Forces Japan and the 5th Air Force released a statement Friday in which he offered insights into his command philosophy.

Lt. Gen. Bruce A. Wright stated in the release that his philosophy boils down to two words: unwavering professionalism.

He stated that the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps each have core values that collectively include characteristics such as integrity, service, excellence, honor, courage, commitment, loyalty, duty and respect.

“These values are founded on what the majority of us believe and can be further boiled down to two main principles … moral commitment and technical proficiency,” Wright stated.

He wrote that moral commitment is “consistently doing the right thing, both in terms of what society expects of us, as well as what we should expect of ourselves when we look in the mirror.”

He said the relation between moral commitment and leadership is no coincidence.

Wright defined technical proficiency as “making a commitment to being the most competent individual you can be — both in your professional and personal conduct — and it’s about taking that competency and applying it to helping others within the command reach our common objectives.”

“If some of this is new to you, that’s okay,” Wright wrote. “You now know about your new commander’s ‘code of conduct’ for U.S. Forces, Japan. There is absolutely no doubt almost every single member of U.S. Forces, Japan understands and lives by the standards I have described.

“For the very few who choose a different path, I will not abide standards that our force can not and will not accept,” Wright stated. “Those who cannot find the self-discipline to maintain the standards of our profession will not be tolerated within our ranks.”

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