LT James Herzog, USN
NCTS Far East Det. Diego Garcia
Officer In Charge
Lieutenant James Herzog, a native of Rockwood, Michigan, was raised by parents James B. Herzog and Jeanette F. Herzog. The youngest of six children, he has four sisters: Sue, Mary, Eileen, and Barb and one brother: Mike. Enlisting in the Navy on March 13, 1989, he completed Basic Training and Radioman “A” school in San Diego, California.
LT Herzog’s first duty assignment was aboard the USS KLAKRING (FFG-42) from September 1989 – March 1993. Reporting aboard the USS KLAKRING as a Seaman Recruit, he left as a Radioman Second Class Petty Officer. His duties included Damage Control Petty Officer, Savin Copier Repairman, Morse Code Operator, Communications Watch Supervisor and finally Division Leading Petty Officer. His deployments included Operation Dragon Hammer and Operation Desert Shield/Storm.
In April 1993, LT Herzog transferred to Naval Telecommunications Center Charleston, South Carolina. He was assigned as the Message Center Watch Supervisor and later became Message Traffic Analysis Supervisor.
LT Herzog transferred to NCTAMS LANT DET GTMO Bay, Cuba in April of 1996. He was the Tech Control supervisor and later established himself as an ADP and microcomputer expert.
In March 1999, LT Herzog transferred to the Amphibious Assault Ship USS WASP (LHD-1). He was the Division Leading Petty Officer, Network Security Officer, earned his Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pin and was promoted to First Class Petty Officer.
LT Herzog reported to Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck, Virginia in April 2001. He served as Systems Administrator and later became the Information Systems Division Leading Petty Officer. While onboard NOPF, he advanced to Information Systems Technician Chief Petty Officer and then served as the Command Information Systems Security Manager. Once he commissioned October 2004 he reported onboard the USS MESA VERDE (LPD-19) as the Communications Officer/Information Systems Officer and stayed with her throughout the entire PRECOM Process earning his import CDO and SWO Pin. During phase I of the PRECOM process in 2005 he voluntarily deployed on 6 month underway on USS GUNSTON HALL, qualified OOD underway and attended SWOS in Rhode Island.
After his tour on USS MESA VERDE, he transferred to NCTAMS LANT Norfolk as JFTOC Watch Officer and Messaging Director/Division Officer of 160 Sailors and Civilians.
LT Herzog’s awards include the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other campaign and unit awards.