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SURFOR Honors SWOS Graduates
By Mass Communication Specialist(SW/AW) Elena Velazquez

SAN DIEGO – Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis hosted a graduation ceremony in honor of 18 newly-commissioned Ensigns of the Surface Warfare Officer Introduction Class 09005 Oct. 23.

The SWO introduction class (SWOS) was recently re-established by Curtis, not only to help prepare Ensigns for their roles in the fleet and on their ships, but to give the ships a more well-rounded and knowledgeable officer.

“I look to you all as the future of Surface Warfare,” said Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander Naval Surface Forces. “We value Ensigns and I am glad you are part of our community. It is important for you to understand our surface legacy because you are a part of it. The greatest thing about our community is that you can make a difference.”

SWOS gives the Ensigns a basic foundation of the Surface Navy. It introduces the officers to different areas of ship employment to include 3M, basic fire-fighting tactics, and division officer management. The Ensigns have found this training to be beneficial at the beginning of their career.

“To come out of this class with a basic knowledge of things that I will experience as a newly-commissioned officer makes me more confident to go to my position and be the leader I am expected to be.” said Ensign Jennifer Floyd of USS Boxer (LHD 4).

Vice Adm. (Retired) John W. Nyquist, President, Commander Naval Surface Forces, Surface Naval Association presented the class honor graduate, Ensign Ben Schweer, with a binocular set for his academic achievement and his outstanding motivation and professionalism.

“Through these binoculars you can look far into the future at your outstanding Surface Warfare Officer career,” said Nyquist,
Schweer is stationed aboard USS Stockdale (DDG 106) and is a graduate of Duke University. He was also presented a certificate and plaque for his accomplishments.

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