Maritime Operations LPO


As Maritime Operations LPO, he led the planning, coordination, and execution of 767 Marine operations in support of all East Coast based SEAL teams' maritime training requirements. His efforts supported 33 combat swimmer courses, 117 water zone drops, and 65 visit board search and seizure operations, facilitating and improving the operational readiness and deployment preparation of 777 SEAL operators.


Led the Maritime Operations Center Detachment 302's preparations for participation in EXERCISE PACIFIC SENTRY 17-3. As a result of Senior Chief Ellis' tenacity and diligence, the unit was ready for and performed flawlessly during the challenging high-optempo exercise. Further, as a Future Operations planner, he authored daily operations briefs for the Commander.


Master Chief Cotton proved to be a key member of the unit's leadership team, taking charge of the unit on multiple occasions in the absence of the Commanding and Executive Officer. He was a critical member of the planning team and provided input for a RUAD reorganization which gave the command increased flexibility and the ability to respond to a wider mission-set. His experience and initiative during three Annual Training periods saved over 80 man-hours and $100,000 in flight costs during EXERCISE TUMBLEWEED. He also established and coordinated the CSG-4 Maritime Operations Center watch floor schedule to ensure 24/7 coverage during the advanced phase of the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER Strike Group COMPTUEX. As Training Officer, his leadership and direction for the EIDWS and IDWO program led to 12 EIDWS qualifications, one EIDWS board eligible, and one IDWO qualification.


CTG 56.9's IET Chief and Theater Maritime operations Senior Enlisted Advisor, Chief Petty Officer Foster masterfully oversaw the execution of 700,000 hours of highly tactical Information Dominance operations, three of those hours being CT-specific. As the sole action officer for policy change and tactical movements, he ensured 100 percent compliance with low drag policies inherent in COMDEVGRUSOUTH operations.


Petty Officer Jones served as Leading Petty Officer of the Maritime Operations Division at Naval Special Warfare Group TWO Logistics and Support Unit and, in addition to his demanding primary duties, he excelled in a variety of Command and Departmental Collateral duties to include Command Voting Assistance Officer, Command Navy College Program Afloat College Education (NCPACE) coordinator, Departmental Expeditionary Warfare (EXW) Program Manager, and Departmental Career Counselor.


As the Maritime Intelligence Operations Center Director, Chief Brownlee ensured the Commander, his staff, and subordinate commands maintained accurate situational awareness of emerging threats, adversary naval activity, foreign technology challenges, and information security threats. His unparalleled leadership and adroit management resulted in increased morale, sailors' accelerated professional development, and the production of over 300 spot reports, information papers, and briefings providing relevant, timely intelligence to the Fleet. Chief Brownlee led the Maritime Intelligence Operations Center's participation in the Maritime Operations Center's 2017 Certification, coordinating outside support, and reorganizing the N2 staff to ensure certification success.


As Coastal Riverine Group One MK VI Leading Petty Officer, led 7 sailors and 4 civilians responsible for over 1200 classroom and 2000 underway hours of high risk training for Maritime Security operations, completing five ULT, and five FEP, qualifying more than 200 CRF Sailors. His meticulous management and technical expertise certified five maritime boat crews for operational mission tasking to C5F/C7F Areas of Operation. He dedicated over 1,000 hours in the performance of 660 maintenance actions, 17 validations while supporting the five nation summit and Surface Navy Association (SNA) recruitment program for the MK VI patrol boat, bringing together business and academic communities.


His efforts were paramount in support of over 25,000 Naval personnel, 54 ships and submarines from 23 countries in the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise. As LPO, his technical proficiency was vital to the seamless de-confliction of 888 frequencies in support of six CSGs, four ESGs and 22 coalition units operating in CTF 80, C4F, and Caribbean Areas of Operation.


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