California Girl Helps With PP11 Mission
Lt. j.g. Courtney Natter is the training officer assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, currently finishing up Pacific Partnership 2011 as the protocol officer. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eli J. Medellin)
California Girl Helps with PP11 Mission
By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman John Grandin, Pacific Partnership 2011 Public Affairs

Lt. j.g. Courtney Natter is the training officer assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 23, currently finishing up Pacific Partnership 2011 as the protocol officer.

“I haven’t had an opportunity to work specifically for the DESRON as the training officer, as my job has been primarily protocol for Pacific Partnership, but I am looking forward to getting back into the office and diving into scheduling the training cycle for our seven ships,” said Natter

A short list of Natter’s responsibilities include ensuring distinguished visitors are properly identified, proper recognition of guests, making itineraries for the mission commander, Capt. Jesse Wilson, Commander, DESRON 23, and helping him properly observe local customs and courtesies.

“My job keeps me very busy. I do a lot of running around making sure everything goes along smoothly.”

Hailing from Coronado, Calif., Natter graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008, starting her career as a commissioned Naval officer in hopes of traveling the world.

“I wanted to travel, the military paid for my college education, and I had a guaranteed job after graduation,” said Natter.

Natter’s position during this deployment has given her the opportunity to travel and see the host nations visited during Pacific Partnership from a different perspective allowing her to experience the various mission ports throughout the deployment.

“One of the most memorable moments of this deployment was when I traveled via helicopter to a medical civic action project in Vanuatu,” Natter said.  “It was a remote village and it was beautiful. You could tell the doctors really enjoyed the work they were doing and the people were very appreciative. It was a rare opportunity to travel to the village and an even rarer opportunity to see our doctors working side-by-side with the locals, especially since the nearest care facility for the locals was a three-hour hike to the nearest village.  I will remember this mission for years to come.”

When Natter is not coordinating events or managing training for the seven ships of DESRON 23, she enjoys paddle boarding, road trips and running to maintain her health.

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