An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
Official websites use .mil
website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
Secure .mil websites use HTTPS
means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.
Skip to main content (Press Enter).
Mission and Vision
NAF Human Resources
Public Affairs Office
Operations and Management
Equal Opportunity Advisor
Equal Employment Opportunity
State Marijuana Legalization
Navy Wounded Warrior
ESS Alarms Resource Documents
Economic Impact Report
JEB Little Creek-Fort Story
Dam Neck Annex
NAVSTA Great Lakes
SUBASE New London
NSA Hampton Roads
NSA Saratoga Springs
NSY BOS Portsmouth
NSS Norfolk Naval Shipyard
SCSC Wallops Island
SURFLANT Hosts its Inaugural Junior Officer Training Symposium
02 December 2022
From MC1 Jacob Milham
Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT), hosted the inaugural SURFLANT Junior Officer Training Symposium (JOTS) onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Dec. 1.The symposium focused on building upon junior surface warfare officer’s skill sets in the Hampton Roads area. Attendees had the
Rear Adm. Brendan McLane, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT), hosted the inaugural SURFLANT Junior Officer Training Symposium (JOTS) onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Dec. 1.
The symposium focused on building upon junior surface warfare officer’s skill sets in the Hampton Roads area. Attendees had the opportunity to network with, learn from, and listen to senior leaders. During his opening statements, McLane expressed how the symposium would prepare junior officers for future success.
“When you are in the Navy for as long as I’ve been, you just learn to accept certain issues and shortcomings,” McLane said. “But, you are just coming into the service and you see how those can be addressed. We need to learn how to talk to our junior officers and get their perspectives for better solutions.”
126 junior officers representing 25 commands attended the symposium. Attendees submitted problem-and-solution scenarios and discussed best practices in an open dialogue forum. Capt. Riley Murdock, director of SURFLANT’s Commander’s Action Group, discussed the importance of the exercise and the symposium as a whole.
“Junior members of [our] wardroom [are] determining the trajectory of our Fleet tomorrow with their leadership today,” Murdock said. “Our junior officers want to serve as leaders in the most capable Navy in the world. We must maintain that reputation by improving every single day. JOTS is an opportunity to foster that growth.”
The symposium ended with a social event onboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek. Overall, junior officers left the event better educated and motivated about their role in the U.S. Navy.
“It is crucial that we invest in the Navy’s future, and our future,” said Lt. William Porter, navigation officer aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). “The best way to do that is by bridging gaps between the deckplates and higher leadership, like we did today. Allowing us to be upfront and honest with senior leaders and have that reciprocated goes a long with moving our community forward.”
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) hosted their first JOTS event aboard Naval Base Point Loma, July 28, 2022.
SURFLANT mans, trains and equips assigned surface forces and shore activities, ensuring a capable force for conducting prompt and sustained operations in support of United States national interests. The SURFLANT force is composed of nearly 80 ships, 17 pre-commissioning units, and more than 30 shore commands.
For more SURFLANT news and photos, visit facebook.com/SURFLANT, www.surflant.usff.navy.mil, and Twitter - @surflant.
Google Translate Disclaimer
NO FEAR ACT
PLAIN WRITING ACT
DOD SAFE HELPLINE
Veteran Crisis Line
Commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic | 1510 Gilbert St. | Norfolk, VA 23511
Official U.S. Navy Website