SAN DIEGO – Afloat Training Group Pacific (ATGPAC) Sailors who recently took the chief petty officer exam, can anticipate better promotion percentages because ATGPAC commands have proven to assist technical experts in improving their skills, training in their ratings, and gaining knowledge from subject matter experts to maintain a competitive edge for promotion.
“ATG is a great duty station for Sailors because they will be working in their rating and get to see every ship in the fleet. They also provide ships the training they need to do things correctly and in accordance with technical manuals, policies, instructions, and fleet guidance,” said Commodore, ATGPAC, Capt. David Matawitz. “Not only will it help the fleet, Sailors will be able to take the knowledge and information they learned at ATG and take it to their next ship.”
Many ATG Sailors see this shore duty as an opportunity to enhance their career knowledge, positively impact the fleet and advance in rate. In fiscal year 2012, the Navy-wide advancement rate to chief petty officer was 23.9 percent, and it was over 32 percent for ATGPAC. For master chief petty officer, advancement at ATGPAC was over 29 percent of those eligible, as compared to 16 percent Navy-wide.
“I made master chief my first time up, and I completely believe it was because of the opportunities at ATG,” said Master Chief Quartermaster (SW) Rob Hunter. “The best of the best are here and they are going out and training Sailors on the waterfront so we can have the best trained fleet out there.”
ATG works with ships to develop a training schedule of events to ensure effective use of resources, and to improve the efficiency and consistency of training. Some Sailors say the opportunity to gain knowledge, impact individual ships and the Navy, and stay on top of the newest instructions and advances in equipment is just as rewarding as the opportunity for advancement.
“I stay busy visiting about two ships a week, training on maintenance, material and management (3M),” said Senior Chief Interior Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Robert Townley. “I know that after three years here, I will have a better picture of the training process for all the warfare areas needed for a ship to be combat ready, making me more of an asset at my future commands.”
Townley also said it is gratifying working with the different classes of ships in the fleet, and any energetic, motivated and hard-charging Sailor would enjoy an ATGPAC tour.
“We promise that if a Sailor gives three good years at ATG and learns all they can from the profuse amount of subject matter experts in the command, they will go back out to the fleet as the asset that everyone is searching for,” said ATGPAC, Command Master Chief Theodore Verschueren. “That is what we are going to help Sailors achieve, and ships will be begging for you because that is what they want; smart and well-trained Sailors.”
ATG 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.
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