NR NATO DET Unit Name (RUIC: 83930)
Navy Operational Support Center Chicago
615 Barry Road, Bldg 190
Great Lakes, IL 60088
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CAPT James Polickoski
CDR James Rosenbach
ITCM Opal Alston
Mission and Vision
ACT is NATO's leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.
NATO det Chicago's mission is to provide augmentation and direct support to Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) across the full spectrum of NATO defense plans and planning, joint combined operations, logistics plans & training, and exercises from peacetime through NATO emergencies and war.
Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:
Det Chicago supports NATO ACT through participation in the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Training Event exercise series. This event is conducted several times throughout the calendar year at the Joint Force Training Center (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The goal of these events is to provide the Commander of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan with uniformly trained personnel, aware of their role within the NATO-led operation.
Additional unit information, drill schedules, contact information, and drill location can be found here (CAC required).
Captain James T. Polickoski
A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Captain Jim Polickoski graduated with Distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a degree in Ocean Engineering and a minor in Spanish.
Polickoski graduated with Distinction from Surface Warfare Officer School in 1994 and Naval Nuclear Power School in 1996 to include receiving the “Top Conn” best shiphandler award. Polickoski reported to USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in Mayport, FL, as Gunnery/Missile Officer serving in the United Nations embargo of Serbia, Counter-Drug operations, Baltic Operations 1995, and a ship’s overhaul. He served in the Navy’s last nuclear guided missile cruiser, USS South Carolina (CGN 37) in Norfolk, VA, as Reactor Controls Division Officer and Electrical Officer Principal Assistant conducting Mediterranean and Counter Drug Operations deployments, ship’s deactivation and reactor core removal. He transferred to the Navy Reserve in January 1999.
Polickoski’s Reserve command tours include: Atlantic Ordnance Command Deployable Ammunition Reporting Team Nine (later NORHB, “I” Company) aboard Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, VA, in October 2003 leading Marine Aviation ammunition logistics during forward deployed operations; Cruiser Class Squadron Ship Support Unit (later SURFPAC Material Readiness Detachment C), San Diego, CA, in December 2009 developing and implementing the Cruiser/Destroyer Fleet Material Readiness Assessment/Repair Program; Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) New York in December 2011 implementing US Sixth Fleet Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) concept providing US and NATO program leadership in areas of training innovation, operational program, and policy shift. He deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012 as Director, Afghan National Police International Training Standards, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, ISAF. He implemented the globally recognized Training Management System for training design and development for the Afghan Ministry of Interior and advised Commander, ANP Training General Command.
Polickoski’s non-command tours include: Executive Officer with Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Port Unit 108, Atlanta, GA; two tours with COMSIXTHFLT Det 802 in Atlanta, GA serving as N5 Plans Officer and earlier as Exercises/Training staff officer; module trainer and Air defense operations officer in COMSECONDLFT NR AADC Atlantic in Norfolk, VA; and Maritime Support Director, Future Plans Officer, and CFMCC Branch Planning Lead with COMSECONDFLT CFMCC, Norfolk, VA.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (6), and Navy Achievement Medal (2). In his civilian career, he is a nuclear power plant Licensing Manager with the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is married to the former JoAnn Rodak of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have three daughters and two sons and reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Commander James Rosenbach
Senior Enlisted Leader
ITCM Opal Alston
Information Systems Technician Master Chief Opal Alston was born in Chicago, Illinois, in October 1972. She graduated from the Academy of Scholastic Achievement on Chicago's West Side in 1991. She began her military service in 1991, when she entered boot camp in Orlando, Florida. While in boot camp, Master Chief Alston joined the drill team, and performed weekly at graduations. After graduating from boot camp, she went on to Ocean Systems Technician Analyst 'A' school in Norfolk, Virginia and the Readiness Training Facility in Dam Neck, Virginia. In 1991, she accepted orders to Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck, Virginia for her first duty assignment.
In November 1993, Master Chief Alston was selected to augment the Physical Security Force. After completing Law Enforcement training in San Antonio, Texas, she reported to Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland in February 1994, for duty as a security policeman. She was promoted to Ocean Systems Technician Third Class upon arrival. Working in security, she provided force protection for the base perimeter, and shared gate guard duties with the Icelandic police force.
In February 1996, she cross rated to the Information Systems Technician rate. She attended 'A' school at Naval Training Center, San Diego and graduated third in her class. After completing ‘A’ school, Master Chief Alston was stationed at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. While serving as an Automated Data Processing Technician, she was promoted to Information Systems Technician Second Class. She ended her active duty service in June 2000 and affiliated with the Navy Reserve in July 2000, with the Tactical Support center 0472 unit.
She was promoted to Petty Officer First Class in December 2000, and held various positions in the unit including Leading Petty Officer and Senior Enlisted Leader. In 2007, she was selected for Chief Petty Officer. She transitioned into the role of Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Naples Reserve Unit at NOSC Chicago for a period of one year, then returned to the Tactical Support Center 0472 team.
In 2011, Master Chief Alston deployed to Afghanistan, where she served as the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Afghan National Security Forces Communications team. She was promoted to Senior Chief in 2012, and returned to the Tactical Support Center unit as the Officer In Charge. In 2013 Master Chief Alston was selected to be the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Alpha weekend units. She transitioned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation unit in 2015 where she serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader.
Among her personal decorations are the Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), Afghan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal (2 awards), Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Rifleman, and the Navy Pistol Shot (expert). She has completed her Associates in Arts.