Afloat Training Group, Pacific Leads with Commission Selected Chief Petty Officers
By David Hostetler, Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Seven Afloat Training Group (ATG) Pacific command chief petty officers were selected to be commissioned as limited duty officers (LDO) or chief warrant officers (CWO) by the Fiscal Year-2012 Active Duty LDO/CWO selection board in results released March 4.

Selectees represented all four ATG Pacific commands. Senior Chief Petty Officer Gary Ullrich and Chief Petty Officer Preston L. Edwards, ATG Middle Pacific; Chief Petty Officer Andrew Martin; ATG San Diego; Chief Petty Officer Brian A. Pickler, ATG Pacific Northwest; and Chief Petty Officer Patrick M. Lakeman, ATG Western Pacific; were selected for commissions as LDOs.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Raymond Mauricio and Chief Petty Officer Rodraigus A. Walton, from ATG San Diego, were selected for commissions as CWOs.

"I'm confident they will all continue to make a positive impact on the deckplates," said Master Chief Petty Officer Charlene M. Terry, ATG San Diego's command master chief.

ATG Pacific commands have proven to be places where technical experts from ships can improve upon their skills, train others on the waterfront and maintain a competitive edge for promotion. In the past three years, ATG Pacific commands have boasted six LDOs, three CWOs and 77 Chief Petty Officer selectees.

"I think it goes to show that fleet professionals reside here, and that expertise already resident in a superior Sailor can grow exponentially based on experience gained through interaction with virtually every Pacific Fleet ship while assigned to ATG," said Capt. Mike Taylor, ATG San Diego's commanding officer.

Ensuring that Navy ships are manned, trained and equipped is the mission the Commander, Naval Surface Forces. ATG Pacific is the executive agent for the training portion of that mission on the west coast.

"Training in the Navy is the lifeblood to 'Back to Basics,'" said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces. "Without it, we would not be able to deliver warships ready for tasking. ATG is clearly doing things right."

ATG Pacific provides dynamic, quality afloat training to Navy and Coast Guard Sailors to ensure a combat ready force capable of performing a broad spectrum of maritime missions. Special emphasis is placed on training ships' training teams, special evolution teams and watch teams to institutionalize the on board capability to sustain and improve combat readiness throughout an employment cycle.

The seven selectees are scheduled to start Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, R.I. February 2012.
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