NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- During the week of Nov. 14, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) welcomed aboard Commander, Carrier Strike Group 8 and Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28 and their staffs.
For Ike's crew, the move-aboard of the staffs signifies new beginnings as they prepare to answer the call of the nation whenever and wherever needed.
"The aircraft carrier is the flagship of the carrier strike group. With Adm. Myers and his staff moving aboard, we're taking a significant step toward our journey to become surge ready," said Ike Commanding Officer Capt. Dan Cloyd. "We're looking forward to working with the admiral and his staff as we continue our transition to fully operational status."
The Eisenhower Strike Group has much to look forward to in the near future as the team continues to work toward surge-ready status.
The Carrier Strike Group provides a strong naval presence in support of national interests. The move-aboard will help build bonds and establish working relationships that will be vital to the overall success of the mission.
"As we coordinate for future at-sea events and start to focus on working as a team, we're already living and working together as a team day by day, which makes coordination at all levels much easier," said Rear Adm. Al Myers, commander, Carrier Strike Group 8.
With the long road of the ship's mid-life refueling and complex overhaul and post-shakedown maintenance periods behind Ike, the hard work and dedication the crew has put into the ship is evident.
"Eisenhower has never looked better, and I'm very sincere about that," said Myers. "I've been careful to tell the Carrier Air Wing and DESRON Sailors that if it's clean, bright and shiny, it's because of ship's force personnel."
Myers is no stranger to Ike; he has completed multiple deployments aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier and is proud to call a ship with so much rich history 'home.'
"The last time I was on this ship was as the commanding officer of one of the fighter squadrons. Prior to that, I deployed on Eisenhower as a department head," he said.
"Being on board means coming home," he added. "I can't tell you how thrilled we are to be on board Dwight D. Eisenhower."
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