DVIDS – News – Athens County, Ohio native completes tour of duty with Task Force 70 Commander


YOKOSUKA, Japan – A native of Athens County, Ohio and 2004 graduate of Alexander High School has completed his tour as Assistant Chief of Staff (ACOS) for L1 (Administrative Staff) as well as as flag secretary for Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70, the Navy’s only permanently afloat task force, on April 30.

Lt. Hershel “Ed” LeMaster is a Limited Duty Administrative Officer (LDO), also referred to as “Mustang”. Mustangs are technical leaders who have been promoted from the enlisted ranks based on their experience and performance. They are the main source of manpower for technically specific cantonments supporting the combat capability and readiness of naval forces.

LeMaster began his Navy career shortly after graduating from high school by enlisting as a Yeoman. He graduated from his first Yeoman school in Meridian, Mississippi with honors. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Financial Services from Columbia College in 2008 and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Grantham University in 2012. He achieved the rank of Chief Yeoman before being appointed LDO administrative in 2015. .

As CTF 70 ACOS L1, LeMaster advised on general administrative and staffing issues for the Strike Group and staff and assisted three admirals with their management responsibilities during his two-year tour with the staff.

Quote about Mr. LeMaster’s CTF 70: “This tour has been the toughest and most rewarding of my 18 years in the US Navy so far. I will never forget the relationships, experiences and memories I created here.

LeMaster deployed to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility aboard the U.S.’s only forward deployed aircraft carrier, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) from May 18 to October 16, 2021. Ongoing route, CTF 70 operates under the title Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 5. In addition to his administrative duties, LeMaster has also qualified as a Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and has served more than 70 watch during transits of Allies Refuge, Freedom Sentinel and South China Sea operations.

LeMaster performed exceptionally well while performing the administrative duties of CTF 70 and CTF 50. In the midst of a global pandemic and with only weeks to prepare for the change in duty, CSG 5 deployed with a 98.7% immune force of over 5,800 sailors, unprecedented at the time for a carrier battle group. The strike group has conducted a wide range of operations to include close air support for troops and civilians on the ground in Afghanistan and assist in the development of a safe haven providing humanitarian aid and assistance to more than 7,000 evacuated from Afghanistan for the largest non-combatant evacuation operation in history. CSG 5 provided armed surveillance and ensured the safe travel of the Motor Vessel Mercer Street following a fatal attack that killed two crew members.

The strike group operated alongside maritime partners from the United States of the United Kingdom, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, France, India, Pakistan and Oman to include several multi -carriers in the Arabian and Philippine Seas with CSG 21 and HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), ​​as well as the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ship ISE (DDH-182) and the USS Carrier Strike Group Carl Vinson (CVN70).

CSG 5’s one-time tactical prowess, operational employment, professional innovation, and strategic development have been essential in meeting the presidential task of ending our nation’s longest war. LeMaster was a direct administrative advisor to the commander for this entire deployment.

Lt. Lemaster’s next duty station will be Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Date taken: 22.04.2022
Date posted: 25.04.2022 06:24
Story ID: 419173

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