Veronica Mammina

1st Lieutenant Steps it up to Lieutenant Commander

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Veronica Mammina

USS BOXER (LHD 4) – Lt. Carne Livingston wanted to stay Navy. He joined intending to stay in for the long run. He was up for his last screening to make lieutenant commander. This was the final shot.

“I was inspecting one of the unrep [underway replenishment] stations when I got the phone call from the AO [admin officer] congratulating me,” said Livingston.

In order to make O-4, lieutenants get two chances, or “looks”, from the Navy Personnel Command. If not chosen, they are forced to leave the Navy.

“I hadn’t made it my first time up and I when I did not select, I was worried I would have to find a new job.” said Livingston. “But, I was not planning on getting out until the Navy told me to get out.”

Livingston has been in the Navy for 11 years. He went through the reserve officer training corps (ROTC) program at the University of Idaho. He eventually ended up teaching at the Naval Academy for three years during a shore duty assignment.

“I think he’ll do great as a Lt. Cmdr. and was very happy to see him pick it up,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kenneth J. Maroon, Boxer’s electrical materiel officer and roommate aboard the ship. “As a leader, he’s got excellent attention to detail and a wealth of knowledge about being a SWO [surface warfare officer]. He’s definitely taught me a lot about the SWO life.”

Livingston holds an undergraduate degree in business management and a master’s degree from the Naval War College in national security and strategic studies.

“My next step is working on my screening for commander,” said Livingston. “I have around three years to build up my package again.”

Livingston is about to transfer from Boxer to check into Carrier Strike Group One aboard the USS Carl Vinson.

“Being a Lt. Cmdr, I definitely feel more pride and I encourage anyone looking to advance in the Navy to never give up,” said Livingston.

Maroon added that his advice to Sailors looking to advance would be to write down what they feel like they need to do for the next rank and review it with their chain of command.

“That allows their leadership to give them direct feedback on what they are doing, and lets them set goals that are applicable to their advancement,” said Maroon. “Sailors can definitely look up to Lt. Cmdr. Livingston because he genuinely cares about their well being and sets an excellent example of professionalism and leadership.”

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