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YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Capt. Daniel Weed’s management style involves exercise.

He calls it “MBWTB” — Management By Walking The Base. And it was one of first things he did as Yokosuka Naval Base’s new commander.

Weed relieved Capt. Greg Cornish April 20 and walked the Honch that evening with Yokosuka’s vice mayor and base security forces.

“Walking is where I meet people,” Weed said. He already knows plenty, as this is his fourth tour in Japan. In fact, so many people recognize him that a 20- minute walk can easily turn into an hour, he said.

He and his wife, Clair Pennels, both are glad to be in Japan for the next three years, he said.

“I do enjoy it here,” Weed said. “There is a tremendous amount of culture.”

His children are currently stateside; his son is studying broadcasting in college and his daughter is getting ready to graduate high school and is in the process of selecting a culinary school, he said.

This time around, Weed said he has three priorities for improvement: fleet support, the environment on base and ties with the community.

He wants to improve infrastructure for the fleet and their families, from port operations to putting artificial turf on the ball fields, he said.

Weed also describes himself as a “staunch environmentalist,” which he considers a “personality quirk” of his. Since arriving at Yokosuka, he has completed a butterfly habitat improvement project in Ikego and is surveying the base for more park space, he said.

“It’s kind of strange for a naval officer to be an environmentalist,” Weed said. “But I feel it’s important to preserve our natural heritage.”

Walking around the Honch his first night on the job is an indication of his interest in “firming up” ties between the city of Yokosuka and the base, he said.

Two big parts of that will be working on emergency management between the city, the base and the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force, he said, and inviting Japanese residents onto the base to enjoy its cultural heritage.

As the son of an enlisted man and as an astrophysics major, he brings with him a unique perspective to problem solving.

A scientific approach translates well into the Navy, where he has served since 1982, he said: “I tend to take a detailed, meticulous approach to challenging problems.”

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