NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Carrier Group 2 changed leaders June 23, when Rear Adm. John D. Stufflebeem turned his command over to Rear Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline Jr. in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.
Stufflebeem assumed command in June 2002. He served as commander, Combined Task Force 60 during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Under his leadership, ships in the Mediterranean Sea formed a combined USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)/USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Strike Group and carried out strike operations in Iraq during the conflict.
Kilcline comes to Carrier Group 2 from his position as head of Aviation Plans and Requirements at the Office for Chief of Naval Operations Staff for Air Warfare (OPNAV N780). An F-14 Tomcat pilot, Truman will be his seventh aircraft carrier after having previously served as Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 from 1997-1998.
Kilcline holds a bachelor's of science degree in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master's of arts degree in strategic studies and national affairs from the U.S. Naval War College, a master's of science degree in national security strategy from the National War College and a master's of science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California.
As Commander, Carrier Group 2, he will lead the Truman Strike Group, which is comprised of up to 12 surface ships and submarines, in addition to eight aircraft squadrons. The command is equipped and trained to work as a forward-deployed force, providing a deterrent against aggression and protection of vital U.S. interests around the world.
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