Saturday, May 14, 2011

FY12 Information Warfare Officer (IWO) Captain Selectees

Congratulations to these FY12 IWO Captain selectees:

Commander Mike Conner
Commander Cliff Bean
Commander Heidi Berg
Commander Bill Diehl
Commander Jeff Scheidt
Commander Andrew Stewart

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Looking at an old post on this blog, wasn't there a CDR Mateo that is currently a CO right now that was in zone for CAPT. What does it say to us more junior folks to see a CO not get selected... we should all aspire to command?? Hmmm... Didn't help him. I would think if you screen for command and do it well, you should be a lock for promotion...

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

As the former CO of that same command, I was VERY surprised that CDR Mateo was not selected for Captain. But, I was not selected until 2 years after I left.

Sean Heritage said...

Anon 3:42 - Your comment speaks to what I believe to be the biggest problem in our wardroom...choosing a job based on how we perceive it will help us to someday wear the collar devices to which we aspire instead of following our passion and leveraging our strengths. It also tells me that we don't understand promotions and community health as well as we should. Simply put, a healthy community has so much talent that we leave good officers behind at every promotion gate. An unhealthy community is required to lower the bar to promote enough people to fill the vacancy. Given your comment, how would you assess our health? Lastly, I would take CDR Command (and I am honored to currently be in that position right now) over promotion to Captain any day of the week. As I have attempted to communicate in another forum, all Captains may be perceived as successful (we have a flawed metric), but not all are significant. You strive for success as you "check boxes" to obtain rank. The rest of us will focus on being significant and helping others to do the same and see if success follows. After all, success is a byproduct...

Thoughts on the very issue when it happened last year to other very qualified Commanders -http://seanheritage.blogspot.com/2010/04/letter-to-me.html

Anonymous said...

Another important point, command is only one criteria considered by selection boards. Precepts for this board are at www.npc.navy.mil.

Navy Commander 1810 said...

It's a mystery to me. This list does not match our stated values at all. Why not?

Anonymous said...

From Navy Commander, "This list does not match our stated values at all..."

What does this mean?

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:58 PM -

Can you give some concrete examples?

As for the board, I can't sit here and second guess their decisions without having ALL the information available to them.

Until then, I will continue to work towards gaining command which, in my opinion, will be much more rewarding on its own than simply making the next rank.

Anonymous said...

Is that a lateral transfer at the 05 level getting selected over 1810s with 19yrs yrs exp. Theres an indicator.

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

As CDR Heritage said, it's great to have a strong enough community where the board can't make a wrong decision. EXCELLENT group.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:17 AM, "Is that a lateral transfer at the 05 level getting selected over 1810s with 19yrs yrs exp. Theres an indicator."


None of these selects laterally transferred at O-5. Sounds like there may be grinding on a selection from a few years ago -- water over the dam.

As Mike said, this is an excellent group.

Retired 1610 said...

I actually first met CDR Mateo when he was in BOOST as an MM2 (I think that was his rate), went to college with him, commissioned as a 1610 at the same time, and attended NPGS together. I have to scratch my head why he wasn't selected. He was one of the most competent officers I worked with over the years and was highly regarded by everybody who knew of him. I can't say that about every name on the selection list. You have to be a top performer to become a CO, but unfortunately, one CO gets rated as 1 of 10 and another as 10 of 10. The CO's in the bottom half are definitely at a disadvantage regardless of their performance, even compared to a candidate without command experience.

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

Retired 1610-
Thank you for your comment. CDR Mateo is an outstanding officer and skipper.

Anonymous said...

my bad ... I saw a name that wasn't in zone ... I initially thought is was a newcomer .. I didn't realize that there was an above zone select ... There are indeed second chances ;)

Anonymous said...

As an officer currently at NIOC Yokosuka, CDR Mateo is an excellent CO! One of the most well spoken, charismatic, mission-focused and forward thinking CO's I've served with...and he's my 5th.

Very surprised that CDR Mateo was not selected.

Mike said...

There was an above the zone pick this year - CDR Mike Conner. Let's hope that CDR Mateo is picked up next year.