SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Charles W. Martoglio relieved Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller as commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 7 in a change of command ceremony Jan. 25 aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).
"I am honored to take command of Carrier Strike Group 7 and the Ronald Reagan [Carrier] Strike Group (CSG)," said Martoglio. "I am impressed with the readiness of this strike group and with the tremendous Sailors and their families who so measurably contribute to the security of our great nation."
Martoglio was most recently the senior military assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. He has completed tours as the director of strategy and policy on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Vice Chief of Naval Operations, and served as Commander, Destroyer Squadron 23.
Miller, a former commanding officer of USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) and deputy director of the White House Military Office, served as CCSG 7 and commander, Ronald Reagan CSG since April 2005.
"I'm proud of the fact that the people we have here created an environment where people can succeed," said Miller. "There has been no greater honor in my life than to serve as commander of this carrier strike group."
Miller led the Ronald Reagan CSG last year during the ship's maiden combat deployment to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf. Highlights of the cruise included visits to Australia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Hawaii. He also directed the Ronald Reagan CSG as it participated in Exercise Valiant Shield 2006.
Vice Adm. Barry M. Costello, commander, 3rd Fleet, and the guest speaker, expressed his admiration for Miller's leadership in preparation for the upcoming surge deployment.
"He [Miller] led this great team [and] empowered his staff, ship, and squadrons and they did great things," said Costello. "As a result of his efforts and those of his warfare commanders, this ship will be ready to go in 48 hours. That doesn't happen automatically."
Martoglio and his staff are already embarked aboard Ronald Reagan in preparation of the Jan. 27 surge deployment in support of U.S. Navy operations in the Western Pacific.
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