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USS John S. McCain - 2014 Sailor of the Year Finalist
Eric E. Larson
Fire Controlman First Class Petty Officer

Fire Controlman First Class Petty Officer Eric E. Larson is a native of Oklahoma City, Okla. He graduated from Putnam City North High School in 2002. In March 2003, he joined the Delayed Entry Program and enlisted in the United States Navy in November 2003, where he attended basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Upon completion of recruit training, he attended Fire Controlman “A” School in Great Lakes.

After completing MK 86 Advanced Gun Fire Control System “C” School, Larson first saw duty aboard USS Port Royal (CG 73), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He qualified as a combat systems officer of the watch, COC operator, and GWS operator while deploying twice to the Arabian Gulf and Southeast Asia in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He additionally qualified as a Small Craft Action Team Officer. During his tour, he earned his enlisted surface warfare specialist device and advanced to second class petty officer.

In March 2009, Larson was assigned to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center Detachment San Diego, where he served in a global war on terror support assignment with the United States Army 5th Battalion Air Defense Artillery, Joint Intercept Battery in Basrah, Iraq. During his training, he was advanced to first class petty officer. While in Iraq, he was one of two watch team commanders responsible for the direct supervision of manning the engagement operations center and two C-RAM mounts.

In early 2010, Larson was assigned to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific as an instructor in Naval Gunfire Support. As an instructor, he conducted 101 mobile team trainers to 27 ships stationed throughout the Pacific Fleet. He quickly certified on all baselines and his technical expertise led him to become the senior instructor. He qualified 6 instructors at Center for Surface Combat Systems detachment Yokosuka and Pearl Harbor, allowing them to teach naval gunfire in their respective areas.

In November 2013, he reported aboard USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. He is a graduate of National University, earning an Associate’s Degree, and is currently enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Security and Risk Analysis.

His personal awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6), Good Conduct Medal (3), as well as other personal, unit and service decorations. 
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