USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Commander Carrier Strike Group 7 (CCSG 7) held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)Oct. 27, while on deployment in the 7th Fleet Area of Operations.
Rear Adm. Scott Hebner took command of CCSG 7 from Rear Adm. James P. Wisecup, who will take command as the president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
In an emotional farewell speech, Wisecup attributed his success as commander of CCSG 7 to the crew who served under him.
"It's been a humbling experience to command such a group of people who make up the Ronald Reagan Strike Group," said Wisecup. "You are so used to achieving things and moving on to the next task that you don't even realize how special you are. You are, quite frankly, the reason that all of this is able to happen."
During the ceremony the outgoing and incoming commanders read their orders aloud and then saluted each other as a way to symbolize passing the proverbial torch. After officially taking command, Hebner addressed his staff and the crew of his flagship.
"To my new shipmates in the Ronald Reagan Strike Group, as I join the team I want to thank you, not only for today and for this ceremony, but for your continued service to our Navy and our country at a critical time in our nation's history," said Hebner.
"I'm inspired by your remarkable success, and I'm honored and very much look forward to serving with all of you."
The ceremony's guest speaker, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. John Bird expressed his assurance in Hebner's capability to take command of a strike group with such a sterling reputation.
"I am confident in your ability to command this strike group, and I look forward to you bringing the Ronald Reagan Strike Group back to the 7th Fleet AOR anytime."
Hebner has served as the executive assistant to the Commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples/U.S. Naval Forces Europe and served as the executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. On Jan. 18, 2007, Hebner assumed duties as assistant commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management.
Hebner attended the National Defense University, graduating from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy.
During his 29 years of service, he has earned two Defense Superior Service Medals, two Legions of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
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