ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (NNS) -- The Harry S. Truman Battle Group bid farewell to Rear Adm. J. J. Quinn Jr., in a traditional change of command ceremony held recently in USS Harry S. Truman's (CVN 75) forecastle. Quinn, who has served as commander, Carrier Group 2 for the past 13 months, relinquished command to Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem.
Quinn led the Harry S. Truman Battle Group through the initial phases of an intense and compacted inter-deployment training cycle (IDTC). His efforts forged a credible battle group team ready to wage or deter war. He ensured every unit in the battle group was ready to transition to homeland defense and force protection in the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 while remaining focused on preparations for multiple deployment date scenarios.
During his tenure, Quinn demonstrated unparalleled tactical acumen while assigned as the deputy commander, Joint Tactical Forces Southwest Asia, at Prince Sultan Air Base in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As the director of the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC), he directly controlled joint and multi-nation coalition air assets in support of Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Prior to his assignment as commander, Carrier Group 2, Quinn, a native of Pittsburgh, Penn., was the senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Quinn graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1974 and served in several fighter squadrons in addition to being an instructor in aircraft combat maneuvers (ACM) and fleet air defense fighter tactics at Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun). In April 1987, he was selected for duty in the White House as the naval aide to the president. He served two presidents, Ronald Reagan and George Bush.
Quinn served as commanding officer of USS Juneau (LPD 10) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) before being selected for flag rank in Fiscal Year 1999, where he subsequently assumed command of Naval Space Command on June 8, 2000. Over the length of his career, Quinn has accumulated more than 2,800 flight hours and 550 carrier landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legions of Merit, Bronze Star, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Air Medals (2 Individual with Combat "V" and 2 Strike-Flight), and four Navy Commendation Medals (2 with Combat "V").
Stufflebeem was most recently deputy director for Global Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1969 and received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1975. Stufflebeem has commanded Fighter Squadron 84 and Carrier Air Wing 1 during a distinguished career that has seen him log nearly 4,000 hours in F-14, A-4, F-5, F-21 and F/A-18 aircraft, and make more than 1,000 aircraft carrier arrested landings.
Stufflebeem has also served as military aide to President George Bush, deputy executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and executive assistant to the CNO.
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