Recruiting and Accessions
LCDR Atkinson, a native of Newton Grove, NC, received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in the spring of 2002, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University.
His first Meteorology/Oceanography (METOC) assignment was at the Basic Oceanography Accession Training (BOAT) Class, in Gulfport MS. After graduation, he reported to Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, in Monterey, CA. There, he served as the Training and Travel Administrator, the Data Processing Division Officer, and was selected to be one of the first Officers to stand up the CNMOC Admiral’s watch.
In March of 2007, he reported to Commander Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) as the staff METOC officer, where he served as the Long Range Plans Officer (N51) and Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (NEO) Naval Planner.
After his first overseas tour, he returned to Monterey, CA to attend Naval Postgraduate School, earning a dual master’s degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography.
In October of 2012, he headed back to Asia where he reported to the USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD6), in Sasebo, Japan. He served as the OA (METOC) Division Officer, the COMPHIBRON-11 Staff METOC Officer, and the Command Legal Officer. Leading the “Fleet’s Finest AG’s”, he completed five deployments, numerous exercises, and two major humanitarian assistance / disaster relief efforts.
After completing his second overseas assignment, LCDR Atkinson returned back to the East Coast to serve as the Executive Officer at the U.S. Naval Ice Center in Suitland, MD. After his XO tour, he was selected for another high profile leadership position where he currently serves as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Fleet Weather Center Strike Detachment in Fallon, Nevada.
LCDR Atkinson’s personal awards include the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Battle E’s, and the Korean Defense Medal.