MONTEREY, Calif. (NNS) -- A change of charge ceremony was held for the Center for Information Dominance Detachment Monterey (CIDDM) at the Price Fitness Center, Presidio of Monterey Jan. 14.
Lt. Cmdr. Thor Martinsen relieved Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Caver as officer in charge of CIDDM.
Guest speaker, Capt. Gary Edwards, commanding officer Center for Information Dominance, Cory Station praised Caver and his staff on their accomplishments.
"Lt. Cmdr. Caver has developed and produced more than 1,000 Navy linguists that are participating in overseas contingency operations and special operations around the world" said Edwards. "The linguists you've trained here are directly responsible for helping to save American lives overseas."
Following his remarks, Caver was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his exceptional performance as officer in charge from January 2008 to January 2010.
"I often think of the words told to me by our CO (commanding officer), that 'there is no greater achievement in your military career as an officer than to be in command,'" said Caver. "The Sailors of CIDD Monterey have made my tour here, the best tour in my nearly 25 years of naval service."
As Martinsen assumed charge of CIDDM, he acknowledged the quality of the students and staff he was inheriting.
"I am extremely proud to be the new officer in charge of CIDDM," said Martinsen. "Lt. Cmdr. Caver did an excellent job during his time here, I have very big shoes to fill and I hope to continue in the tradition of success he achieved."
Since 2007, Martinsen has been with Amphibious Squadron 3 as the staff cryptologic resource coordinator and deputy information warfare commander for Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group, which included a deployment to 5th Fleet in support of operation Iraqi Freedom and overseas contingencies.
Caver's next assignment will be at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, Kunia, Hawaii.
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