Full Time Support Sailors Achieve Distinction in Operational Billets
By Lt. Joshua J. Smith, LCS Class Squadron Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – Two Navy Reserve Full Time Support (FTS) personnel attached to the Littoral Combat Ship Squadron (LCSRON) received notification that they were selected for advancement to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) June 27, marking the first CPO promotions ever at the command since they stood up in early 2007.

The two selectees, Chief Select Personnel Specialist (SW) Raymond Alvarez and Chief Select Hospital Corpsman (SW/FMF) Angelo Calivoso, will receive their anchors Sept. 16 when they officially assume the title of chief.

Alvarez, who is the LCSRON manpower manager, controls the assignment of personnel to the two classes of LCS ships, three mission packages, and the squadron. His outstanding service includes leading three of the four LCS crews through antiterrorism force protection certifications, being selected as Sailor of the Year and going on to compete for Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) Sailor of the Year. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration.

“What an FTS sailor brings to an active component command is diversity, especially in the LCS community,” said Alvarez. “Making chief, working personnel specialist active component functions and as an anti-terrorism training team member exemplifies what the LCS community represents in the term ‘hybrid sailors’.”

Calivoso, who is the primary independent duty corpsman, provides medical support for three mission packages and is a lead on the Force Health Protection Team handling medical readiness and training for LCSRON and the LCS crews. He also serves as the Assistant Command Fitness Leader and the Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor.

“It felt like a huge weight had been lifted, but only for a moment as I know that weight will be replaced by a different and more prevalent level of responsibility on Sept. 16, when we are pinned as chiefs,” said Calivoso on his selection.

Both selectees have served on Individual Augmentation tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

FTS sailors are vital to Navy operations world wide. They are experts in their jobs just like the active duty sailors they work side by side with on deployed ships, operational staffs and individual augmentation assignments every day.
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