EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Steve Maronick, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC), Boise, Idaho, temporarily took command of Expeditionary Training Command (ETC), Naval Amphibious Base (NAB) Little Creek, Va., Nov. 7.
Prior to officially assuming command, Maronick spent six months developing the ETC as part of the Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC).
NECC was tasked with developing the ETC in November 2005. The NECC training department's Assistant Chief of Staff, Capt. Robert McKenna, assigned the task to Maronick in May.
"We wanted to activate a Reservist and needed someone who had expeditionary experience," said McKenna. "Maronick had that experience."
The mission of the ETC is to provide training to developing nations in shore-based and waterborne expeditionary warfare capabilities. The intent of the training is to increase maritime anti-terrorism and force protection capabilities of U.S. friends and allies. It also is meant to create and strengthen U.S. relationships with allies and other nations.
Maronick was recommended to develop the ETC by Cmdr. Eric Mathinson, an NECC Sailor and prior commanding officer (CO) of NOSC Boise, where he worked with Maronick.
"I think it was one of those unique circumstances where my background lined up with what the Navy needed at that time," said Maronick.
In his civilian career, Maronick retired as the manager of the training department in a large company.
"Maronick came in not entirely sure what to expect. But from the beginning he took ownership of the ETC. He knew it would be an important contribution to the global war on terror," said McKenna.
The ETC was officially established Oct. 1. Sailors, DoD employees and other staff members are currently arriving to fill billets at the new command.
Maronick arrived at NAB Little Creek Nov. 7 after spending some time with his family in Boise. He will serve as the CO until the active-duty CO, Cmdr. David Somers, previously CO of Mobile Security Squadron 2, Naval Coastal Warfare Group, Portsmouth, Va., arrives in May. At that point, Maronick will continue to serve as the CO's deputy and will work to establish a reserve unit attached to the command.
"If you would have told me when I was an ensign that I would get to do something like this, I would have laughed, but there are roles in the Navy right now that a Reservist is particularly suited to fill," said Maronick.
"No doubt the combination of Maronick's professional and military experience, along with his character and dedicated attitude, equipped him for this job," said McKenna.
MeKenna said there will be further opportunities for Maronick to serve with the ETC in the future. The ETC plans to begin training and equipping expeditionary training teams in fiscal year 2007.
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