Capt. James L. Storm gives his farewell speech prior to being relieved by Capt. Jake B. Douglas as commanding officer of Afloat Training Group San Diego. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Chambers)
ATG San Diego Changes Command

SAN DIEGO - Afloat Training Group (ATG) San Diego held a change of command at Naval Base San Diego June 30.

During the ceremony, Capt. Jake B. Douglas relieved Capt. James L. Storm as Commanding Officer.

Storm assumed command of ATG in June 2014 and oversaw the implementation and execution of the time-based basic phase pilot (TBBP) which includes greater emphasis on deck-plate training and assessment while providing more extensive integration of immediate superior in command (ISIC) oversight and incentivizes basic phase performance.

Capt. Timothy Steadman, Commander, ATG Pacific, was the presiding officer for the ceremony and spoke to the crowd of service members, civilians, families and friends.

Steadman praised Storm for time as commanding officer and for his contributions made to fleet-wide readiness.

“Jim’s job was undoubtedly difficult but he handled the unique challenges of command at ATG in the same manner that he’s approached every challenge over his distinguished Navy career” said Steadman. “Jim’s calm, dispassionate, and level-headed demeanor was and is his strength and it served his Sailors and the surface warriors on the San Diego waterfront well.”

In his farewell address, Storm recognized the trainers at ATG San Diego.

“The trainers of ATG San Diego are the most professional group of Sailors I have had the honor of serving with---day in and day out, they maintain their professionalism while still trying to find, or get to, yes without compromising standards.” Storm said. “I am a better person, naval officer and commanding officer due to my time at the helm of ATG.”

Storm enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1983 as an electronics technician. In 1989, he was accepted to the Enlisted Education Advancement Program (EEAP) and later selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program (ECP). He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and was commissioned in 1993.

Storm will be taking command of USS Mobile Bay (CG 53).

Douglas commissioned in 1996 as an ensign in the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) Program and in 1999 converted from LDO to Unrestricted Surface Line Officer. His most recent assignment was commodore of Patrol Coastal Squadron ONE.

“My goal is for all of you to be successful and I am here to serve you and will give maximum effort to live up to your expectations of a Commanding Officer” said Douglas.

ATG San Diego provides warfare training to ships homeported in San Diego.

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