SAN DIEGO -
Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego held a change of command and retirement ceremony on board the guided missile destroyer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53), June 27. During the ceremony, Cmdr. James L. Storm relieved Capt. Thomas P. Shaw as commanding officer of ATG San Diego. Shaw assumed command of ATG San Diego in June 2011 and oversaw the implementation of the Surface Force Readiness Manual (SFRM), which replaced the Surface Force Training Manual as the primary training and readiness instruction for ships going through their training cycle.
As commanding officer, Shaw made it his goal to partner with ships and their Immediate Superior in Command (ISIC) to make ships as combat ready as possible. Capt. Mark Sakaguchi, Commander, ATG Pacific, was the presiding officer for the ceremony and spoke to the crowd of more than 100 service members, civilians, families and friends. Sakaguchi recognized Shaw for his 27 years of service in the Navy and praised him for the contributions he made to fleet-wide readiness.
“You have established a firm foundation and understanding of fleet training that will support the tenets of the SFRM well into the future,” said Sakaguchi. “You should leave here with a tremendous sense of accomplishment knowing that you not only had a significant impact in the surface force’s training transformation, but you were also able to implement it and hopefully see some of its immediate impacts.”
Shaw was then presented with various awards and gifts to commemorate his naval career and time at ATG, including a flag flown on board HSC Manannan Apr. 4 in his honor. Manannan is the former U.S. Special Operations Command High Speed Vessel USS Joint Venture (HSV-X1), which Shaw commanded from December 2004 to October 2006.
Shaw is a graduate of the University of Colorado and received his commission from the Naval Officer Candidate School in 1987.
After changing command with Storm, Shaw officially retired from the Navy following 27 years of honorable and faithful service to his country.
In his farewell address, Shaw recognized the trainers and assessors at ATG San Diego, saying they “were true professionals committed to combat readiness.” He also expressed his confidence in Storm, telling him “you are the right person to relieve me, and I know you will do well.”
Storm enlisted in the Navy in 1983 as an electronics technician. In 1989 he was accepted to the Enlisted Education Advancement Program and was later selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program. His most recent assignment was as executive assistant to Commander, Naval Surface Forces Atlantic. “I am in awe of the passion, professionalism and caliber of every person at ATG”, said Storm. “It is clear to me that they are the lynchpin between readiness and training and most importantly, are extremely effective at what they do.” ATG San Diego provides basic phase training to ships homeported in San Diego.