Strike Force Training Pacific Changes Command on Reagan


Story Number: NNS050215-07Release Date: 2/15/2005 11:19:00 AM
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By Lt. Cmdr. Gabe E. Soltero, Strike Force Training Pacific Public Affairs

USS RONALD REAGAN (NNS) -- Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific (CSFTP) held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), where Rear Adm. Mark T. Emerson assumed command, relieving Rear Adm. Carlton B. Jewett Feb. 11.

CSFTP, formerly known as Carrier Group 1, is U.S. Third Fleet's deputy for training and prepares U.S. Pacific Fleet's carrier and expeditionary strike groups for both routine and surge forward-deployed operations to U.S. 7th and 5th Fleets.

In his remarks to an audience gathered in Reagan's hangar bay, Jewett described his tenure as a tremendous and gratifying tour, referring to the Fall of 2004, in which CSFTP completed four successive exercises in as many months.

"Our workloads have been high, but the rewards have been just as high," said Jewett. During this period, CSFTP did its part to enable the Fleet Response Plan, which Jewett described as an inherent change in the way the Navy trains its forces.

An F/A-18 Hornet pilot, Emerson is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. More recent assignments include serving as executive assistant for NATO's Supreme Allied Commander and assistant deputy commandant for Aviation, Headquarters, Marine Corps, in Quantico, Va.

Jewett now heads to Mons, Belgium, where he will serve as deputy assistant chief of staff for Transformation at NATO headquarters.

For related news, visit the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn76.

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