Jacksonville, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy Recruiting District Jacksonville held a change of command ceremony Feb. 13.
Cmdr. Brent E. Cower relieved Cmdr. Grant A. Dunn as the commanding officer of NRD Jacksonville.
Dunn served as the district's commanding officer for two years and transferred to the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command (NAMDC) at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Va. With the assumption of command, Cower completes his tour of duty as the district's executive officer.
"The recruiters of NRD Jacksonville, you are the best in the country and have remained the best statistically for the last three years in a row," said Dunn.
Dunn also reminded the crew of the duty and obligation of recruiting the best and brightest into tomorrow's Navy.
"You have the incredible responsibility to the parents, communities, the Navy and the American people when dealing with future Sailors and representing the uniformed services," Dunn said.
As the new commanding officer, Cower oversees 51,000 square miles in Georgia and Florida, 36 Navy Recruiting Stations, one Military Entrance Processing Station and command headquarters in Jacksonville, along with more than 200 officers, enlisted personnel and civilian employees.
Under Dunn's command, NRD Jacksonville won the fiscal year 2011 Silver Recruiting "R" Region East, District of the Year; fiscal year 2012 Gold Recruiting "R" National, District of the Year; and the fiscal year 2013 Bronze Recruiting "R" for recruiting excellence.
Cower praised the workforce and expressed his excitement at taking charge of a first-rate command.
"I look forward to the opportunity to lead a distinguished group of individuals and an exceptional team," said Cower.
Cower is confident in the sustained and continued success and the dedicated team of NRD Jacksonville.
"Commander Dunn, thank you for your leadership, mentorship, and guidance ensuring we had the vision needed to enable and garnish sustained success," said Cower.
Cower is a 1999 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science.
During his career, Cower has served with numerous commands including: Navy Orientation Recruiting Unit as the Director, Enlisted Navy Recruiting Orientation, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, Chief of Naval Operations, Transient Personnel Unit Norfolk as Executive Officer, Tampa Military Entrance Processing Station and NRD Jacksonville, Executive Officer.
Cower's awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and various unit and service medals and ribbons. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from Pfeiffer University, Charlotte, NC; Master of Arts Degree in Human Resources Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.
Cower brings a great deal of leadership experience and will continue the command history of production excellence.
"Commander Cower thank you for a wonderful tour and I appreciate the extra effort in absolutely everything you have done," said Dunn.
NRC consists of a command headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts which serve more than 1,500 recruiting stations across the country.
With 70 percent of the world covered in water, 80 percent of the world's population living near coasts and 90 percent of the world's commerce traveling by water, America's Navy is very much a global force for good. NRC's mission is to recruit the best men and women for America's Navy to accomplish today's missions and meet tomorrow's challenges.
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