SUBASE Kings Bay Holds Change of Command

Story Number: NNS140922-18Release Date: 9/22/2014 2:09:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ashley Hedrick, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Public Affairs

KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) -- Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay held a change of command ceremony at the base chapel Sept. 19.

Capt. James W. Jenks relieved Capt. Harvey L. Guffey Jr. as commanding officer. Guffey assumed command of SUBASE July 11, 2012. During his tour he led the command to many accomplishments while supporting Kings Bay's mission to provide support to the fleet, fighter, and family.

"The force is made up of folks both inside and outside the fence line who truly make Kings Bay what it is," Guffey said. "Nowhere is there a community that is more supportive of its base and of its service members, including Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Soldiers, and all of their families."

Guffey also spoke on how faith, family, and the force contributed as his priorities during his time in the Navy.

Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Region Southeast and Rear Adm. Barry Bruner, director of Programming Division (OPNAV N80) were both guest speakers at the event.

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others," Jackson said of Guffey. "He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent."

Jackson also gave advice to Jenks as he transitions to his new command position at Kings Bay.

"Our region staff is here to support you," she said. "I predict that you will find this assignment to be like none other, but do what you have been trained to do all along. Ask the hard questions, demand the best of yourself and your team, and always remember it is just that, a team."

Upon being awarded the Legion of Merit for his remarkable performance at SUBASE, Guffey relinquished command to Jenks.

"SUBASE Kings Bay's performance has been exceptional," said Jenks. "I want to congratulate Harvey for such an incredibly successful tour."

"My final words are for the officers, Sailors, civilians and families of Kings Bay," he added. I dedicate myself to giving you my best throughout my assignment. We will work together to continue to enable and sustain warfighting readiness."

The event also served as a retirement ceremony for Guffey, who retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service.

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