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NR NATO DET Washington (RUIC: 83916)
Washington Navy Yard
Humphrey's Building 197

1333 Isaac Hull Ave SE
NATO DET Washington SharePoint Site

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CAPT John Saccomando
Commanding Officer

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CDR Christopher C. Powell
Executive Officer

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HMC Elizabeth M. Smith
Senior Enlisted Leader

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Mission and Vision

ACT is NATO's leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.
NATO DET Washington's mission is to provide support to HQ ACT efforts by leveraging operationally experienced, mission-ready resources across multiple operating domains.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:

Exercise Trident Jaguar (TRJR)

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NATO Industry Forum (NIF)

Industry Forum consists of a series of speeches and panel sessions aimed at improving NATO-Industry collaboration to ensure that the Alliance benefits from the best solutions to military requirements.

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Concept Development and Experimentation Conference (CD&E)

Leading annual forum which provides a unique opportunity for the international CD&E community and stakeholders to discuss the most current issues of concept development and experimentation.

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Unit Information

NATO DET DC drills in the NAVSEA building onboard the Washington Navy Yard on NOSC Washington DC's blue drill weekend schedule. The unit is comprised of a range of officers and enlisted personnel with multiple designators, NOBC codes, and specialties.

Biographies

CAPTAIN JOHN D. SACCOMANDO
COMMANDING OFFICER, NR NATO DET DC

Captain John Saccomando is a native of Buffalo, NY, and Burke, VA. He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, and earned his commission upon graduation via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in September, 1994.

After his initial F-14D qualification, John reported to the VF-213 "Blacklions" where he completed two extended combat deployments aboard the aircraft carrier USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70), flying more than 50 combat strikes in support of Operations DESERT FOX, SOUTHERN WATCH, and ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2002, John returned to VF-101 as an F-14 Tomcat flight instructor. While there, he was selected to be the F-14 Tomcat Demonstration Pilot, flying over 40 flight demonstrations performing in front of more than five million spectators.

John was then selected to the Blue Angels in 2003 as the right wing (#2) of the storied Blue Angel Diamond. While publicly representing the Navy and Marine Corps, he accumulated 1,000 hours in the F/A-18 Hornet flying airshows in over 72 cities in front of 20 million spectators. During his tour, he was the focus of the Discovery Channel’s four-hour mini-series, “Blue Angels: A Year in the Life.”

In 2006, CAPT Saccomando transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet for his Department Head tour with the VFA-41 “Black Aces” at NAS Lemoore. He completed two extended combat deployments on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) flying strikes in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. He achieved numerous “Top Eleven Ball Flyer” awards, including the Airwing’s “Top Hook” award. He was also selected as VFA-41’s 2007 Pilot of the Year.

In 2008, John transitioned to the Navy Reserve and reported to the VR-1 Starlifters at Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC. In 2012, CAPT Saccomando reported to the VR-56 Globemasters and assumed command in September, 2013. Under his command, VR-56 received the coveted 2014 Battle “E” and was also awarded the 2014 CNAFR Squadron of the Year. In January, 2015, CAPT Saccomando reported to Training Wing One as the Reserve Component Commander where he commanded a wing comprised of two reserve squadron augment units supporting the Chief of Naval Aviation Training. In December, 2016, he assumed command of NATO det DC, directly supporting NATO Allied Command Transformation Headquarters in Norfolk, VA.

CAPT Saccomando has accumulated more than 5,000 Navy flight hours and has 579 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, six Air Medals (one Combat Distinguishing Device), five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one Combat Distinguishing Device), two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various personal and unit awards.