Carrier Group 7 Changes Command

Story Number: NNS031120-09Release Date: 11/20/2003 6:07:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Ryan M. Hill, USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs

USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Matt Moffit turned over command of Carrier Group (CCG) 7 to Rear Adm. Patrick M. Walsh during a change of command ceremony in the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) Flag Mess Nov. 15.

Moffit will continue his career as Commander, Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.

"It's a unique opportunity to join graduate-level strike and air warfare missions at the individual squadron, wing and strike group level. I consider it the best two-star job in the Navy. I am the most fortunate and blessed carrier strike group commander in the Navy," said Moffit.

Moffit credits much of his success at CCG7 to the people he has worked with throughout his career.

"My tour here is a culmination of a lot of other people's efforts that carried me here. It is the single most satisfying opportunity to engage with our Sailors and to use the experience and knowledge that I've gained over the years in a tactical and operational setting," said Moffit.

"The enlisted personnel, the chiefs and officers are really what make the Navy what it is. The ships, systems and aircraft are just pieces of metal. People are the ingredient that puts life into all of it. I can reflect back on my very first days in the Navy and the people who provided training and mentoring. Those folks have helped me reach success," said Moffit.

"I've known Rear Adm. Moffit for a number of years. I've followed him around through various commands and served together with him at other commands," said Walsh. "For me, it's a poignant moment that I will have the opportunity to relieve him of his command responsibilities. He's a good friend, family man and mentor."

Walsh takes on CCG7 after having served as Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy (J5) in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"I look forward to the opportunity to rejoin the fleet. I've been away for about three years, so it's an opportunity to catch up with Sailors with operations at sea. I'm very grateful to Navy leadership for giving me this opportunity," said Walsh.

Like Moffit, Walsh also has a great deal of respect for the people who have surrounded him throughout his career.

"The people I've worked for in the past have been great teachers and mentors. The Sailors I've served with have also provided me opportunities to learn from their experiences and insights. I look at it collectively, as the Navy that has helped me. I'm grateful to the Navy for the past, present and future," said Walsh.

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