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Slaughter was awarded the Legion of Merit for his superior accomplishments and will report to Commander, Naval Air Forces for his next tour of duty.
The change of command ceremony is one rich in naval tradition and highlighted by the reading of permanent change of station orders by the outgoing and incoming commanding officers.
Bauernschmidt is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who previously commanded amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22) and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 70.
USS Abraham Lincoln is home-ported at Naval Air Station North Island. For more information visit www.facebook.com/Lincoln or https://www.airpac.navy.mil/Organization/USS-Abraham-Lincoln-CVN-72/.
For complete coverage of the change of command ceremony, please visit https://www.dvidshub.net/unit/USSAL-CVN72.
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