Command of Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest (ATG PNW) changed during a ceremony, July 12th, at Naval Station Everett as Cmdr. Jeffrey Bessler relieved Cmdr. Adam Goetz as commanding officer.
Goetz took command of ATG PNW in August 2011. He worked closely with the PACNORWEST community to ensure all PNW Navy and Coast Guard ships were well prepared before conducting local and fleet-wide operations.
Under Goetz's leadership, ATG PNW conducted more than 200 shipboard training events on Pacific and Atlantic Fleet U.S. Navy ships, and 12 U.S. Coast Guard cutters, from Oregon to Alaska. His careful adherence to standards maximized the best training opportunities, resulting in significant improvements of fleet operational and military readiness.
Goetz led his staff through the initiation, and a comprehensive review, of the new Surface Force Readiness Manual, providing in-depth analysis in 20 mission areas as a key player of the Configuration Control Group with his counterparts in the Afloat Training Organization.
Since assuming command at ATG PNW, Goetz has fostered a spirit of integration between ships on the waterfront, the U.S. Coast Guard, Naval Station Everett, Commander Destroyer Squadron Nine, and the Pacific Northwest community.
Commodore, Capt. Mark Sakaguchi, Commander, Afloat Training Group Pacific, served as presiding officer and presented Goetz with a Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony.
Goetz's next assignment is to National War College, Washington, D.C..
"The sailors of ATG PNW have embraced the mission of training and mentorship not only here in Everett, but around the globe," said Bessler upon taking command. "Your focus and energy, matched with professionalism and dedication, are apparent. I'm honored to serve with you, and look forward to serving as your Commanding Officer.