CSG Changes Command (USA)

Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz
Aircraft carrier USS Nimitz

Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 held a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) March 24 at the ship’s homeport of Everett, Wash.

Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne succeeded Rear Adm. Michael S. White, who departed CSG-11 to become the 18th commander of the Naval Education and Training Command.

In December 2012, Mewbourne assumed command of Naval Service Training Command, which is responsible for enlisted accession training, Officer Training Command, and the nation-wide Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and Junior ROTC programs. Mewbourne’s other command tours include: Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Nashville (LPD 13), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

Mewbourne has deployed supporting Operations El Dorado Canyon, Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom, and the 2006 Lebanon War. He has accumulated more than 3,500 total flight hours in 47 various type aircraft and more than 1,000 arrested landings on 13 carrier decks.

Press Release, March 26, 2014; Image: Wikimedia

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