USS Buffalo Changes Command

Story Number: NNS090820-18Release Date: 8/20/2009 11:20:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jacob Sippel, U.S. Naval Forces, Marianas Public Affairs

SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The USS Buffalo (SSN 715) held a change of command ceremony at the Big Screen Theater aboard Naval Base Guam Aug. 7.

Cmdr. Christopher M. Henry relieved Cmdr. Scott W. Pappano as Buffalo commanding officer.

The keynote speaker during the ceremony, Capt. Douglas E. Wright, commander, Submarine Squadron 15, said it was a great honor to serve with Pappano.

"My standard is simple...which boat would I feel most confident in sending in harm's way. I would gladly serve under you (Pappano) in combat," said Wright. "You would take me to the toughest places we can operate, get the job done in a combat environment and bring me back home again to reload for the next mission. You are exactly what the submarine force needs in a senior leader."

Under Pappano's command, Buffalo completed numerous operations in support of national and theater objectives and earned the Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 Battle Efficiency "E" for 2008.

Pappano will report to Washington for his next duty assignment in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

"It has been my honor and privilege to serve Buffalo as your commanding officer," said Pappano. "Before I descend once more into anonymity, I will return to where I started - to the officers and crew of Buffalo. You have all shed blood with me in your own ways, and you will always be my brothers."

After the reading of orders, Pappano stepped down as commanding officer and made way for Henry.

Henry is a native of Ridgeford, Conn. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering.

Henry served as electrical assistant on board USS Trepang (SSN 974), engineer on board USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) and executive officer aboard USS Los Angeles (SSN 688).

"This day is the greatest day in my naval career so far," said Henry.

Buffalo's new commanding officer then had a message for his crew.

"To the officers and crew of USS Buffalo, thank you in advance for your continued hard work and dedication," Henry said. "I know that at the end of each day, you will have left it all out on the field, and you can expect no less from me. It is with great pride that I assume the position of your commanding officer."

Buffalo, a Los Angeles-class attack submarine, is one of three fast attack submarines based in Guam and permanently forward-deployed in the Western Pacific.

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