7857 Blandy Road, Suite 100
Norfolk, VA 23551

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CAPT Scott F. Manning
Commanding Officer
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CDR Tara Golden
Executive Officer
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BMCM(SW/EXW) Robert M. Lewandowski
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.

Provide operational support across the full spectrum of joint-combined operations, logistics, multinational training, and exercises to Supreme Allied Command Transformation in its role as North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) forcing agency for change. Assisting in continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to uphold NATO's global security interest.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives

The NATO reserve mission here at NR NATO Det Norfolk is to provide support to NATO missions and operations and improve relationships, interaction and practical cooperation with partners, nations and international organizations. Specifically we accomplish this mission by providing speech writing and research, NATO Festival Liaison support, Public Affairs Office support, Executive Assistant support, Conference coordination, Exercise support, Exercise Analyst, Flag Writer assistance, various exercise analyst and support to operations such as Bold Quest, Operation Unified Protector, Allied Reach, Steadfast joist, Steadfast juncture, Brilliant Mariner and in numerous other capacities to support NATO ACT here in Norfolk and overseas at some of the tenant commands at JWC, JFTC and JALLC.

Unit Information

CDR Loren Shipley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

CDR Denise Newell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

CDR Richard Carroll (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

CDR Chip Covington (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

You may be wondering where does all this support take place? For our drill weekends we physically drill and muster at NATO ACT Headquarters, which is located on Naval Station Annex Norfolk Virginia, only one mile from Naval Station Norfolk. Our supporting NOSC is NOSC Norfolk, which is located on Little Creek Amphibious Base (approximately 15 miles away). We typically drill on the Bravo drill weekend; however, most officers take advantage of our flex drill policy. This means that while we do have a drill schedule, it is typical for most officers to flex drill and attend the four mandatory THREE-DAY drill weekends a year. It is typical that all enlisted attend monthly drill weekends. How you plan to drill and support the unit will be discussed upon your check-in.


CAPT Scott F. Manning, Commanding Officer

Captain Manning is a third generation Surface Warfare Officer who earned his commission through the U. S. Naval Academy. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University and has completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase 1 certification from the Air Command & Staff College and U. S. Naval War College. In addition, he has completed the Advanced JPME program through the Joint Forces Staff College.

While on Active duty he served in a variety of sea duty billets, including as Auxiliaries Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, and Combat Information Center Officer in USS GARY (FFG-51) and as Operations Officer in USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59). Following these shipboard tours he served on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty as the Combat Systems Officer and Operations Officer and then on the staff of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight/EISENHOWER Battle Group as the Surface Operations and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Strike Operations Officer. Following his six deployments at sea, he transferred to Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic as the Surface and Strike Warfare Officer where he provided the leadership and management oversight for all of the gun systems and TLAM systems maintenance, training, and certification for the U. S. Atlantic Fleet.

Upon transferring to the Navy Reserve (NR), Captain Manning served with the NR Tactical Training Group Atlantic 106 unit as the TLAM Strike Module Head and the Training Officer. He next served with the NR COMSECONDFLT Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) unit as the TLAM Subject Matter Expert and J4 Logistics Cell Head. Following that tour, he became the Executive Officer of the NR Carrier Strike Group Eight unit.

During his next tour with NR Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) 0486 unit, he served as the Operations Directorate Chief, and Chief Staff Officer. While assigned to the NR CSFTL 0486 unit he was the first Reservist to act as the Senior Mentor/Assessor in support of an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise for USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58). During his tour with the NR CSFTL 0486 unit, CAPT Manning was also mobilized as the Operations Officer for the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) managing the training and equipping of over 10,000 Individual Augmentees in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was also a “by name” request to act as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Synthetic Training and Technologies to CSFTL on ADSW, where he was instrumental in expanding the Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) program to support Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) training and certification events.

Next, CAPT Manning served with the NR Joint Staff South unit, where he filled the leadership roles as the Reserve Director J7 Joint Development, and as the Chief Staff Officer. He was also requested to provide extended active duty support as the lead for the Homeland Defense BMD Assessment project to ensure that the project was properly aligned to support the Joint Staff, USNORTHCOM, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO) in assessing the current state of Ballistic Missile Defense of the Homeland against near-term BMD threats. In addition, he led the BMD integration efforts between the Joint Staff J7 Joint Reserve Element and the NATO ACT Staff. Most recently, CAPT Manning served as the Commanding Officer of the NR President, Board of Inspection and Survey Support Unit, which conducted inspections and assessments of the material condition of U.S. Navy ships and craft.

CAPT Manning assumed command of the NR NATO ACT DET NORFOLK unit in December 2015.

CAPT Manning has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one award), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). CAPT Manning is currently employed by SAIC as a Principal Management Consultant supporting Tactical Training Group Atlantic as the East Coast Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise (BMDEX) Program Operations Lead.

CDR Tara S. Golden, Executive Officer

Commander Tara Sidor Golden is a native of Key West, Florida. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and was commissioned an Ensign in 1998. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

CDR Golden received her naval flight officer wings of gold in 2000 in the E-2 C Hawkeye. Her first commands include student naval flight officer, VT-4, at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida and student naval flight officer, VAW-120, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. CDR Golden was the last winged naval flight officer in the E-2C Group Zero legacy aircraft. She flew in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom with VAW-126, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. She received the Air Medal for 29 missions over northern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her next assignment was at VAW-120 as the first female E-2C naval flight officer instructor to train newly qualified aviators to tactically employ the E-2C Hawkeye. Following her shore tour then served aboard the USS Harry S. Truman again with Carrier Air Wing-3, (CVW-3), as Air Wing communications officer, air-plan writer, and mission commander. She was selected as the Air Wing subject matter expert in Airborne Command and Control and Air Intercept Control. She designed and implemented the first Strike Group Air Intercept Controller Training Program.

CDR Golden’s staff and shore assignments include Officer in Charge, Navy ROTC, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. Her next assignment as an individual augmentee, was at US CENTRAL COMMAND in Tampa, Florida as the Afghanistan/Pakistan Action Officer/Strategic Planner. She developed and maintained priority plans in support of the Theater Campaign Plan.

Upon transferring to the Naval Reserves, CDR Golden served as the Executive Officer, NR Det 101, NAVY WARFARE DEVELOPMENT COMMAND, Naval Base Little Creek, Norfolk, VA. She provided warfare and technical expertise in support of naval warfare innovation, concepts generation, and development.

CDR Golden’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy - Marine Corps Commendation Medals (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards. CDR Golden is currently employed at a veterinarian practice at Beach Pet Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

BMCM(SW/EXW) Robert M. Lewandowski, Senior Enlisted Leader

BMCM (SW/EXW) Robert M. Lewandowski currently serves as Senior Enlisted Leader of NATO ACT located in Norfolk, Virginia.

BMCM Lewandowski is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended the North Dakota State School of Science from 1984 to 1986 studying biology.

BMCM Lewandowski enlisted in the United States Navy in 1986. After completing basic training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to ATD training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL. After completing ATD training he was assigned to the USS CAMDEN AOE-2, Station in Bremerton Washington as a deck seaman, where he qualified Small Boat Coxswain, 3M maintenance, Work Center Supervisor, Petty Officer of the Watch and Officer of the Deck. BMCM Lewandowski transitioned to the Navy reserve in May of 1990 to May of 1994 returning to the Naval Reserves in July of 2001.

BMCM Lewandowski reserve assignments include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 when he was recalled to active duty in November of 2001 in support of Operation Noble Eagle, stationed at the Center for Anti-Terrorism Security Forces, Chesapeake Va. From November 2001 to February 2002 after completing a duty swap he transferred to Naval Training Center Great Lakes, IL Security Leading Petty Officer. He then transferred to Naval Security Squadron Bangor, WA. (Security Forces). USS Rodney M. Davis FFG-60 Everett, WA. He volunteered for a 6 month CARAT cruise on board the Rodney M. Davis where he was the first ever reservist in the 25 year history of the ship to qualify Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Recalled again to active duty in June of 2006, stationed at the Center for Security Forces, Chesapeake Va. and Camp Lejuene NC. Until October 2009 as the Operations Chief for the Navy’s Riverine program. Qualifying as Master Training Specialist, Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor, Crew Serve Weapons Instructor, Visit Board search and seizure, Tactical Training Instructor, Anti-terrorism force protection officer. Served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Twelve Leading Chief Petty officer from 2010-2012 earning his EXW warfare device. 2012-2014 BMCM was the SEL of Carrier Strike Group FOUR located in Norfolk conducting ATPF for all of 2nd fleet. 2014-2016 he was the Dept. head for Littoral Combat Squadron 2 N7 conducting training for the newest ships in the fleet, before transferring to NATO ACT in July of 2016.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Gold Star), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars), Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia Pin and Expeditionary Warfare Insignia.

BMCM Lewandowski resides in Chesapeake Va. with his wife LCDR Jeanne M. Lewandowski, Marine Expeditionary Forces II and two children, Bryan Taylor. In his civilian career he is the course manager for Riverine Combat Skills working for the Navy on board Marine Corp base Camp Lejeune, NC.