SPAWAR Facility Pacific, Guam Welcomes New OIC
SANTA RITA, Guam (April 5, 2013) -- Lt. Cmdr. Jerome McConnon relieved Cmdr. Brent West as the officer in charge (OIC) of Space and Naval Warfare Systems (SPAWAR) Facility Pacific, Guam during a change of charge ceremony at Top O’ the Mar in Asan, Guam, April 5.
Capt. Joseph J. Beel, SPAWAR Center (SSC) Pacific, San Diego, applauded the outgoing OIC for his service to the command especially during a time of change.
“Cmdr. West you’ve done a magnificent job in leading the SPAWAR Guam team,” he said. “And I’m certain you will excel in your next assignment of the SPAWAR team in the National Capitol region leading SPAWAR’s engagement with the 10th Fleet.”
SSC Pacific, San Diego Executive Director Carmela Keeney also congratulated West on his accomplishments and added that the command will continue to support the Guam detachment.
“We are committed to maintaining a strong presence in Guam to support our forward-deployed forces and our Pacific warfighters,” she said. “As we as a nation begin transitioning from a focus on the Middle East to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) region, there are several recent initiatives that provide a foundation for an even stronger presence. Cmdr. West thank you for all you have done for the Guam detachment and for warfighter support in WESTPAC.”
As the command’s OIC since July 2010, West was directly responsible for the support of two afloat platforms, three submarines and their associated staffs dispersed over a 50,000 square mile area of responsibility.
West said he will leave the island with fond memories for him and his family.
“This job has to be one of the Navy’s best-kept secrets,” he said. “I can’t imagine a more remote geographic location in the military where you get to wake up everyday, open the curtains and right before you is beautiful Tamuning Bay.
He also expressed gratitude to his command for their support and hard work during his tour on Guam.
“What I remember most are the people and their unique personalities,” West said. “That’s what makes each of my tours interesting and worthwhile. I am proud to have been your OIC and it’s been a great pleasure working with you.”
West read his orders and was presented with a Meritorious Service Award. McConnon then assumed command of SPAWAR Facility Pacific, Guam and shared his eagerness to work with the team.
“I’ve learned that SPAWAR Guam is in the midst of a significant change,” McConnon said referring to the reorganization of the command to join forces with SPAWAR Facility Pacific, Yokosuka. “I’ve learned that the team at SPAWAR Guam is a resilient, smart and motivated group. You know that change brings opportunity. I look forward to joining you in this effort to turn this exceptional opportunity into reality.”
SPAWAR Facility Pacific, Guam provides command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems engineering to Navy afloat and ashore activities as well as other Department of Defense units when directed in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. The command provides value-added service to customers by using the highest quality service in long-range planning systems engineering; installation design; installation system testing and evaluation; maintenance engineering; training; technical guidance and assistance.
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