NORFOLK (NNS) -- Command of Naval Air Force Atlantic changed hands during a ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) Jan. 8.
Rear Adm. John R. Haley relieved Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker as Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic (CNAL), during the change of command ceremony in the ship's hangar bay.
During his farewell remarks, Shoemaker extended his gratitude to the Sailors, Marines, and civilians that comprise the CNAL staff.
"Our military members come and go every few years, bringing unique and critical fleet perspectives," said Shoemaker. "Our civilian staff, many of whom with prior active duty service, provide the continuity and corporate knowledge base that is so crucial to our day-to-day operations."
Shoemaker has served as CNAL since June, 2013. He has been nominated for promotion to vice admiral and assignment as the commander, Naval Air Forces based at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado, Calif. He will take charge of all naval aviation programs, personnel and assets. The position includes commander, Naval Air Force Pacific.
"I am incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to relieve Vice Adm. Buss as our air boss," said Shoemaker. "His are going to be big shoes to fill, but this tour at CNAL has given me a unique perspective and understanding of the aviation community."
Haley reports to CNAL from his most recent assignment as the director of Global Operations, U.S. Strategic Command, at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He was designated a naval flight officer (NFO) and became a bombardier/navigator in the A-6E Intruder.
"I'm excited to be back in Norfolk," said Haley. "I greatly look forward to returning to naval aviation."
Haley has served in two previous assignments at CNAL as the assistant chief of staff for readiness and requirements and later as chief of staff. His command-at-sea assignments include the U.S. 6th Fleet flagship USS LaSalle (AGF 3), the aircraft carriers USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS George Washington (CVN 73), and commander, Battle Force U.S. 7th Fleet/Task Force 70/Carrier Strike Group 5 embarked aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73).
As commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk, Haley will be responsible for overseeing the manning, training, and equipping of seven nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, four carrier air wings, a strike fighter wing, a patrol and reconnaissance group, a maritime patrol wing and two helicopter wings based on the east coast of the United States. The command encompasses 80 squadrons, more than 1,000 aircraft and 40,000 personnel supporting maritime security operations and carrying out U.S. maritime strategy by providing combatant commanders sea control and power projection, forward presence and on-call deterrence, as well as mobile humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
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