USA: NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic held change of command ceremony onboard Naval Station Norfolk Aug. 24.

Capt. John Korka relieved Capt. Mark Libonate as commanding officer.

In his remarks, Libonate thanked the 3,400 men and women of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic for their hard work and accomplishments.

“Our efforts in the service of our country, regardless of what our job is within the organization, enable those who wear the uniform to train, live and operate, as well as deploy knowing that their loved ones have the things they need,” said Libonate.

During the ceremony, guest speaker Rear Adm. Tim Alexander, commander Navy Region Mid-Atlantic praised Libonate for his work as commanding officer and regional engineer.

“His business acumen and focus on client support ensured that NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic expertly served the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic region by providing the full spectrum of planning, design construction, real estate, environmental, contracting, maintenance, transportation and utilities services,” Alexander said.

Rear Adm. Douglas Morton, commander, NAVFAC Atlantic presented the Legion of Merit to Libonate, who will now report to NAVFAC headquarters.

Korka comes to NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic after serving as commanding officer, Naval Facilities Expeditionary Logistics Center, and 31st Seabee Readiness Group.

“I feel greatly privileged and will do my utmost over the next two years to confirm the faith of those who selected me and to be the type of commanding officer that our people and supported commands deserve” said Korka.

Naval Today Staff, August 28, 2012