The Boston NROTC Battalion is pleased to welcome aboard its new Executive Officer, CDR Brian Masterson, this semester. CDR Masterson, a Naval Aviator and P-3 Orion pilot, relieved CDR Jan Scislowicz over the summer. Originally from New Bedford, Mass, he grew up in South Florida. A trip to the Naval Academy at the age of eight convinced him that Annapolis was the place for him, and he graduated from the Academy in 1996. Flight school came next, and while like most prospective aviators, he came in with the need for speed, a desire to fly jets, he soon realized that flying alone was no fun. A generally outgoing and energetic individual, the Commander wanted to be in the air with people to fly with, and have a little fun along the way. So he chose the P-3, and never looked back.
His first tour was out of Brunswick, Maine, and included three deployments, to Sicily as part of the Kosovo conflict, and then to Iceland and Puerto Rico, and finally one that took him all over Europe and North Africa. Sicily, incidentally, was the Commanders favorite place he has been, and from someone who has literally traveled all around the globe, that is a good endorsement. Next, he taught NFO’s at flight school in Pensacola, and then moved on to the U.S.S. Carl Vinson as the TAO (Tactical Action Officer). After the Vinson, it was back to Brunswick for his Department Head tour, where he deployed to Japan, Europe, and the Persian Gulf, followed by a tour as the Maintenance Officer for the P-3, and later P-8, fleet in Norfolk. Finally, it was back to sea aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the CDC (Combat Direction Center) Officer, and then he arrived in Boston.
He also has some words of wisdom for the Midshipmen when they enter the fleet. “Nothing is forever, the good times won’t last, and the bad times won’t last. Try to find balance, in both your personal and professional life”. Also, with regards to leadership, he advises young Junior Officers to find the style of leadership that works for them, and to be relatable to their subordinates.
Written by MIDN 3/c Griffin Keegan