By Lt Lindsey Eriksson
Afloat Training Group Mayport Public Affairs Officer
Cmdr. Jay Clark assumed command of Afloat Training Group Mayport (ATGM) from Cmdr. James Harney during the Change of Command Ceremony on March 14. The guest speaker of the event was ATGLANT Deputy Commander Pete Morford.
Harney took command of ATGM June 23, 2015. His vision as the commanding officer and commitment to the organization enabled ATGM to take new and progressive actions in fleet support. Early in his command, ATG acquired a decommissioned SH-60B airframe for CRUDES and AMPHIBS, overall increasing the quality of training during MOB-A events. With the additions of USS Milwaulkee and USS Detroit to the Mayport waterfront, ATGM was the first to implement and complete east coast Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) mission validations. In addition, he ensured the smooth transfer of all mission certifications and training team validations for PCRON from ATG Norfolk. During the Navy wide revision of the Surface Force Readiness Manual, Surface Force Exercise Manual, and addition of the Cyber Warfare mission area, Commander Harney ensured successful implementation on all Mayport ships. Under his command, ATGM executed one thousand 123 training and certification events for two dozen fleet commands.
With a successful tour at ATGM at his back, Commander Harney will head to his next assignment as Chief of Staff Strike Group 11.
Clark earned his commission in the U.S. Navy through Morehouse NROTC in Atlanta, Georgia. His assignments at sea include Engineering and Deck Division Officer on board USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), Navigator/Administration Officer aboard USS Hayler (DD 997), Engineer Officer aboard USS Ross (DDG 71), Materiel Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron 28 embarked aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), and Executive Officer and eventually Commanding Officer of USS Roosevelt (DDG 80). He participated in missions and operations to include Noble Obelisk, Guardian Retrieval, and Desert Fox.
Commander Clark's ashore assignments include the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Masters Degree in Systems Management under the Joint C4I Curriculum. He served as the Flag Aide to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa and Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He served in OPNAV as the Branch Head Resource Sponsor for DDG 51 Class Destroyers in N96 and later as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. He then attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va.