I heard it a lot about being a LAMPS (Light Airborne Multipurpose System) detachment officer-in-charge: "It's the best job you'll ever have in the Navy." Through a quirk in the supply of lieutenant commanders in my squadron, I was sitting in the operations officer chair at Light Helicopter Squadron (HSL)-45 having a great time leading the squadron operationally and enjoying all the responsibilities that went with that. Normally the route to that chair is through the detachment officer-in-charge billet, but because of 04 overmanning, the commanding officer did some nontraditional shuffling. I was flattered that he thought I was capable of taking the operations officer job with only a fraction of the experience that my recent predecessors enjoyed. I had tremendous responsibility and the authority to program and execute squadron operations as I saw best. My job satisfaction and the flying were the best they ever had been; I thought life could not get any better. Boy was I wrong. Just when I got comfortable, I reached the end of my tenure and was pulled out and made detachment officer-in-charge—the job I should have had first.
Nobody Asked Me, But ... The Best Job You Never Had
By Lieutenant Commander Gregory Partney, U.S. Navy