PACIFIC OCEAN (September 21, 2017) – Eight business and community leaders from across the nation recently embarked on the guided-missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) to experience life at sea on a Navy destroyer.
With backgrounds spanning from finance to adventure sports, the movie industry, medicine, and collegiate education, the participants in the Leaders to Sea program were able to share experiences and stories with members of John Finn crew.
The Leaders To Sea program, sponsored by Commander, Naval Surface Forces, is designed to provide influential community leaders, educators, and business and industry executives with insight into the daily operations of the Navy.
Chris Aronson, President of Domestic Distribution for 20th Century Fox, stated, “This is a terrific program giving tremendous insights into our military, and specifically the inner workings of a tremendous ship.”
Michelle Jackson, Museum educator for the USS Midway Museum, echoed those comments. Her biggest takeaway from the visit was “the amount of work and effort required of our Sailors is admirable. You can see their pride in what they do.”
Shortly after arriving on board by helicopter, the participants were greeted by Cmdr. Mike Wagner, the ship’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Courtney Minetree, the executive officer, and the senior enlisted leader Command Master Chief Tom Conway, and treated to lunch on the ship’s messdecks with their running mates.
After breaking bread with their counterparts, they made their way to the ship’s pilothouse to observe an underway replenishment (UNREP) firsthand. Speaking on the UNREP and similar evolutions conducted by our Navy, Jon Froomin, Chief of Police for the City of Coronado, stated it was “amazing how technically proficient the crew is about all aspects of operation.”
The goal of the Leaders to Sea program is for participants to experience Navy life first hand and develop a greater understanding of the various missions performed by the Navy on a daily basis. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences with family, peers, co-workers, employees and other individuals in their respective influence areas.
USS John Finn (DDG 113) is the U.S. Navy’s first dedicated new construction Aegis Weapons System Baseline 9 platform, capable of responding to a variety of threats in challenging environments all over the globe. She is able to operate independently, in a surface action group (SAG), or as part of a carrier strike group (CSG), providing a wealth of versatility to the Navy’s surface fleet. She is assigned as a member of Destroyer Squadron THREE ONE.