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Change of command at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville

2:40 PM, Aug 29, 2013   |    comments
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  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2013) Rear Adm. Rick Williamson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, speaks during the Navy Region Southeast change of command ceremony on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville. During the ceremony, Williamson accepted command from Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr., who will report as Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia in October. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson/Released)
  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Aug. 29, 2013) - Rear Adm. Rick Williamson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, arrives at the Navy Region Southeast change of command ceremony on board Naval Air Station Jacksonville. During the ceremony, Williamson accepted command from Rear Adm. John C. Scorby Jr. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Greg Johnson/Released)
    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The change of command ceremony was held at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville Thursday morning.

Rear Adm. Rick Williamson relieved Rear Adm. John C. "Jack" Scorby, Jr., as the region's commander.

"I can now attest first hand that the flawless reputation this region enjoys around the fleet is extremely well deserved," Williamson said. "I am amazed not only at the quality of programs at our installations, but also the sheer magnitude of Sailors and families you serve throughout the region. I'm sure it will be an honor and a privilege to work with each of you over the next couple years."

Williamson is from Jacksonville and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a bachelor's in computer science. Also, he holds a master's in business administration from the Naval Post Graduate School and is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College.

"Rear Adm. Williamson is an outstanding naval officer with significant operational experience as a surface warfare officer," Vice Adm. French said during his remarks. "I know he's excited to be back home in Jacksonville and ready for the great challenges and rewards that this region offers."

Scorby will assume command of Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia in October.

"At the end of the day, it's been one team, military and civilian, and you proved it day after day," Scorby said. "The personal award that I received today belongs to all of you and I will think of each and every one of you each time I pin it on."

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