Lunenburg Native Earns Top Navy Honor
By Peter Jasinski
NEWPORT, R.I. -- Lt. Alexander Mullin applied the lessons learned while growing up in Lunenburg to become one of the most elite surface warriors.
“From my hometown, I learned the importance of community service,” said Mullin. “I remember the volunteer fire department in Lunenburg, and they had a big influence on me wanting to serve.”
Those lessons turned into an opportunity to learn leadership and the most innovative tactics of surface warfare at Surface Warfare Officers School, located in Newport, Rhode Island.
“I always had a calling to naval sea service,” said Mullin. “My sixth-grade teacher’s son is in the Coast Guard, and that had a big influence on me. I enjoy being on the water, so this was a great opportunity to marry up that love of the water with a desire to serve my country.”
Considered one of the Navy’s greatest assets, surface warfare officers must first train and be mentored at Surface Warfare Officer School. These students must pass a rigorous course structure in order to serve as surface warfare officers.
The mission of Surface Warfare Officers School is to ready sea-bound warriors to serve on surface combatants as officers, enlisted engineers, and enlisted navigation professionals to fulfill the Navy’s mission maintaining global maritime superiority.
Once service members finish training they are deployed around the world putting their skill set to work aboard Navy ships, such as aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, amphibious warfare ships, mine warfare ships and littoral combat ships.
“At Surface Warfare Officers School, we are committed to training, developing and inspiring our Navy’s surface warfare officers,” said Capt. Scott Robertson, SWOS commanding officer. “Our graduates leave our courses ethically, intellectually, professionally and physically prepared to deliver professional leadership on every surface vessel in the fleet.”
Mullin is a 2007 graduate of Lunenburg High School and a 2011 graduate of Norwich Unversity.
There are many sacrifices and goals one must achieve to be selected as a surface warfare officer and Mullin is most proud of earning his surface warfare qualification.
“It was a major career milestone, and I’m looking forward to my next milestone which will be earning my tactical action officer qualification,” said Mullin.
The future of surface warfare is rapidly changing, so the course and materials at Surface Warfare Officer School are constantly evolving to create the most dynamic, lethal, safe and professional warfighting team for the Navy the nation needs.
“It is critical that students report to the fleet with the academic baseline required to perform as warfighters in today’s maritime environment,” said Lt. Matt Gallagher, the command’s public affairs officer. “SWOS training is at the epicenter of professional development for surface warfare officers throughout their careers.”
Surface warfare has been a part of world history for more than 3,000 years, and the United States has its stamp on that history with actions ranging from the American Revolution to modern day operations at sea around the world.
Mullin is continuing a family tradition of military service.
“Both grandparents on my mother’s side and my grandfather on my father’s side all served in the Army,” said Mullin.
As Mullin and other surface warriors continue to train, they take pride serving their country in the United States Navy.
“This is my way to give back to the country that’s given so much to me,” said Mullin. “When I was at Norwich University, there was a big emphasis on the citizen-soldier model, so that made a big impression on me.”
Written by Alvin Plexico, Navy Office of Community Outreach.