New Commanding Officer for NAVSEA's Ship Systems Engineering Station

Story Number: NNS080822-07Release Date: 8/22/2008 1:45:00 PM
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From Naval Surface Warfare Center, Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA (NNS) -- Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division - Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES) changed hands at the Philadelphia Naval Business Center Aug. 21.

Capt. Alexander S. Desroches relieved Capt. Mary J. Logsdon as commanding officer.

Logsdon thanked NAVSSES personnel for rising to the challenges that face them.

"From the flood of 'bravo zulus' from our customers filling my email inbox every week, to the avalanche of internal and external awards recognizing your accomplishments, it is apparent that not only are you the best at what you do, but that you love what you do," said Logsdon. "That is an inspiration to me, to our customers, and gives me great hope that you will instill that love and dedication in the next generation of engineers who will follow in your footsteps."

Before assuming command of NAVSSES, Desroches, a graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was chief of staff for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Logistics, Maintenance and Industrial Operations Directorate.

Logsdon was NAVSSES' first female commanding officer and the first Asian-American to hold that position. As NAVSSES commanding officer, Logsdon championed process improvement, accountability, and improved customer service. For her next assignment, Logsdon returns to NAVSEA in the Engineering Directorate.

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