KADENA AIR BASE, Japan (NNS) -- Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet visited Patrol Squadron (VP-40), the Fighting Marlins, July 5.
Rear Adm. Sean S. Buck, a former VP-40 member and the current commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 5th Fleet and commander of Fleet Air Forward, joined Fighting Marlin Sailors, chiefs and officers at an all-hands function.
"It is great to be back with my family," Buck said.
Buck shared the fact that he felt very lucky to still be wearing the uniform of a United States naval officer and is proud to still be serving in the U.S. Navy. He received his commission upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1983. Two years later, he was designated a Naval Flight Officer and reported to his first tour, VP-40.
After speaking to the command as a whole, he sat down with the Sailors, chief's mess and officer wardroom in separate venues to answer questions. He expressed his thoughts and vision to ensure his priorities for 7th Fleet Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance aircraft were clear.
He told the Sailors of VP-40 to be good ambassadors to Japan, reminding the Fighting Marlins that they are the guests of Okinawa and that they shall continue to enjoy the invitation and ensure the security of America.
Buck also stressed the need for naval service members to perform their assigned duties to the best of their abilities.
"It's the real deal out here. You must be determined to be the best you can possibly be," said Buck. "We're here to back up our neighbors."
Buck asked every member of VP-40 to be a forward thinker and to continue to strive for perfection.
"I can't be more impressed with VP-40 thus far," as he commended the command's leadership.
Buck received a personal tour of VP-40's squadron and maintenance spaces, and stated that this would be the first of three visits that he would make to Commander, Task Group 72.2 during VP-40's deployment to 7th Fleet.
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