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Wackerman visits NOSC Indianapolis Sailors
By Petty Officer 2nd Class John Suits, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Midwest - May 22, 2017
Rear Adm. Linda Wackerman, Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet, recently held an Admiral’s Call at Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Indianapolis.

Wackerman, who also serves as the flag mentor for NOSC Indianapolis, held an all-hands Q&A session for E-6 and below Sailors to address upcoming changes and get feedback regarding Navy-related issues they feel need to be improved.

“I got a lot of great information today,” Wackerman said. “It’s just a great opportunity to do some mentoring with the command as well as getting feedback I can take to our leadership in the Reserves.”

As a mother of three and an international pilot for American Airlines, Wackerman recognizes the frustration of balancing a civilian life with a Reserve commitment.

“I understand where they’re coming from,” Wackerman said. “It’s a three-legged stool. People think when you’re a flag that you have an aide. I get to do everything they’re doing with a crazy schedule.”

Sailors were given a sense of relief in knowing Wackerman lent an ear about certain issues they had.

“I’m more comfortable having her here,” said Cryptologic Technician (Technical) 1st Class (SW) Joseph Maggard, assigned to Operational Support Unit (OSU) at NOSC Indianapolis. “I appreciate the time she took from her schedule to visit and hear what we had to say.”

Wackerman’s visit also gave Sailors a better perspective of the mission they’re tasked with carrying out.

“It shows good leadership,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Koren Foster, assigned to NOSC Indianapolis OSU. “I hope our issues are considered in the future so we can operate better as a Navy.”

Wackerman’s previous assignments as deputy commanders for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Assessment Division (N81) and the Navy Inspector General in Washington, D.C. gives her greater appreciation for her current assignment at 4th Fleet and helps her get back into the Navy “swing of things.”

“We in the military want to be great at everything,” Wackerman stated. “But each one of you has a specific skillset. Make it your own so we can become a better Navy.”

As Wackerman ends her tour in Indianapolis, she thanks the Sailors for what they do and their families who support them.

“Go out and make a difference,” she said. “At the end of the day, you get it done. You’re the backbone within your units, active component and the NOSC.”

INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2017) Rear Admiral Linda Wackerman, Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, 4th Fleet, visits with Sailors from Navy Operational Support Center Indianapolis during an Admirals Call. Wackerman who also serves as the flag mentor for NOSC Indianapolis, held an all-hands Q&A session for E-6 and below Sailors to address upcoming changes and get feedback regarding Navy-related issues they feel need to be improved.  U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW/AW/SC) J. Michael Schwartz
INDIANAPOLIS (May 20, 2017) Rear Admiral Linda Wackerman, Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command, 4th Fleet, visits with Sailors from Navy Operational Support Center Indianapolis during an Admirals Call. Wackerman who also serves as the flag mentor for NOSC Indianapolis, held an all-hands Q&A session for E-6 and below Sailors to address upcoming changes and get feedback regarding Navy-related issues they feel need to be improved. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/EXW/AW/SC) J. Michael Schwartz
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