KIEL, Germany — Petty Officer 2nd Class Jorge Gomez, a native of Brownsville, Texas, is participating in the Baltic Operations (BALTOPS) exercise with 18 other nations.
“I’m the systems administrator for ensuring the top-secret network has connectivity with allied forces and other NATO forces during the exercise. I make sure they are getting their command and control with the fleet,” said Gomez. “This is my first BALTOPS. It’s a lot of work making sure a hundred people have their stuff. I hope to bring a lot of happiness to admirals and vice admirals.”
BALTOPS 2019, scheduled for June 8-21, includes sea, air and land assets. The multi-national exercise provides a unique training opportunity that fosters cooperative relationships critical to ensuring safety at sea and security on the world’s interconnected oceans. According to U.S. Navy officials, it is designed to improve training value for participants, enhance flexibility and interoperability, and demonstrate resolve among allied and partner forces in defending the Baltic Sea region.
Gomez is an information systems technician aboard the USS Mount Whitney.