Command of Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest (ATG PNW) changed during a ceremony, June 15, at Naval Station Everett as Cmdr. Kimberly Miller relieved Cmdr. Anthony L. Ohl as commanding officer.
Ohl took command of ATG PNW in January 2007.He worked closely with the PACNORWEST community as well as ensure that all the region’s Navy ships were well prepared before sailing into harm’s way.
Under Ohl’s leadership, ATG PNW conducted more than 200 shipboard training events on Pacific Fleet U.S. Navy ships and 12 U.S. Coast Guard cutters from Oregon to Alaska. His careful adherence to standards enabled Pacific area cutters to maximize the best training opportunities, resulting in significant improvements of fleet operational and military readiness.
Ohl organized a joint Coast Guard and Navy technical subject matter expert team to improve training and readiness to support a massive increase in the Coast Guard training and operational tempo due to the war on terrorism.
During his tenure, ATG PNW also embarked on several community relations program events that included the construction of roofs for wheelchair ramps for local disabled civilians, assisting a local children’s museum, environmental stewardship on Jetty Island, planting more than 800 trees along the Stillaguamish River and demonstrating the Navigation, Seamanship, Shiphandler Trainer (NSST) simulation capabilities to local congressman, educators, Indian tribal leaders, Foreign Naval attachés, Boy Scouts of America, Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Midshipmen and Naval Sea Cadets.
Since assuming command at ATG PNW, Ohl has fostered a spirit of integration between ships on the waterfront, the U.S. Coast Guard, Naval Station Everett, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and the Pacific Northwest community.
Commodore, Capt. P.W.D. Morford, commander, Afloat Training Group Pacific, served as presiding officer and presented Ohl with a Meritorious Service Medal during the ceremony.
“In many commands it is possible to immediately identify the group of Sailors that are happy to do their jobs and content with their position,” Ohl said. “It is also possible to identify the true stand-outs, the Sailors who perform exceptionally well and must be promoted and returned to sea in leadership positions. I have been blessed to serve with these, the best of our Navy’s exceptional Sailors, every one of whom I would be honored to serve with again.”
Ohl’s next assignment will be as executive officer of USS Lake Erie (CG 70).
“To Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest, thanks for all of your hard work and for your hard work and dedication to ensure that our ships, our Navy and Coast Guard, are trained to the highest standards,” said Miller upon taking command. “I am extremely honored to have been selected to take command of a staff with such a great reputation.”