half the country. After 18 months, I shipped over to
Maritime Support and supported any ships that don’t
have METOC [meteorology and oceanography] support onboard. We covered basically half the world
from our area.
I am now at the center’s Strike Group Oceanography
Team. We send out detachments to carriers, amphibs,
as well as any destroyers or other smaller ships that
need support. We try to fit in as ship’s company.
I recently came off the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower’s
most recent deployment. We worked with the carrier’s intelligence specialists, making sure that they
had everything they needed, how the weather not only
impacted us but the enemy forces as well. We worked
directly with the strike group staff, making sure they
had the forecast and other support to successfully
complete the operation.
Keeping the ship and the personnel safe, talking
with the navigator and the CO [commanding officer] of
not only our ship, but the other ships within our strike
groups, it was mainly about making sure that the navi-
gation and everything else was taken care of. We also
supported the guys running the radar and the sonar.
My current assignment is the most challenging, but
also the most rewarding one I’ve had in my nine years
in the Navy. Being assigned to a ship was new to me. I
figured out how to fully integrate within the ship confines. Leadership poses its challenges, taking people
who are away from home for the first time, making
sure that they’re taken care of.
The biggest thing AGs do is affect the navigation
of ships and the safety of personnel. During the most
recent winter storm we had, we notified all of the regional commanders up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
They made the calls that they needed to make based on
our recommendations, based on the weather, how they’re
going to impact the operations.
Everything is impacted by weather in some sort of
way. I like to say we’ve got our hand in everybody’s
cookie jar. n