Iwo Jima Hosts Amphibious Squadron 8 Change of Command Ceremony

Story Number: NNS150303-30Release Date: 3/3/2015 4:08:00 PM
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By Lt. j.g. Lily Hinz

GULF OF ADEN (NNS) -- The staff of Commander, Amphibious Squadron (CPR) 8 held a change of command ceremony in the forecastle of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) while underway in the Gulf of Aden, March 3.

During the ceremony, Capt. Michael M. McMillan relieved Capt. Timothy L. Schorr as commodore.

Schorr, a La Rue, Ohio native, assumed command of CPR 8 Oct. 7, 2013. During his tenure, he led CPR 8 through a complex work-up cycle and demanding deployment. He led the planning and execution of Exercise Bold Alligator 14, Noble Shirley and Iron Magic. He also oversaw USS Iwo Jima's, USS New York's and USS Fort McHenry's change of homeport from Norfolk, Va. to Mayport, Fla.

Schorr will report next to Naval Air Forces Atlantic in Norfolk.

McMillan previously served as the CPR 8 deputy commodore. His previous tours include commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22, executive officer of USS Bataan (LHD 5), and strategic analyst in the Strategic Plans and Policy Division at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, NATO.

Schorr thanked the leadership and crew of USS Iwo Jima for their continued support to CPR 8's staff as the flagship for two deployments during his time as deputy commodore and commodore. Also in his remarks, he thanked Colonel Scott Benedict, commander, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and the 24th MEU.

The Iwo ARG, with the embarked Marines from the 24th MEU, deployed in December 2014 after a complex work-up cycle.

"The team we have out here on deployment has done exceedingly well so far and I know that you will continue to be successful on this deployment," Schorr said. "Your professionalism and expertise have made my job easy, and I thank you for that."

Farewell gifts were presented to Schorr during the ceremony by Lt. Cmdr. Megan McWilliams and Lt. j.g. Terrance Green, two CPR 8 staff officers, to include an ornamental command pennant.

The Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit is deployed in support of regional security operations in the U.S. 5th fleet area of operations.

For more news from Commander, Amphibious Squadron 8 , visit www.navy.mil/local/cpr8/.

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