VAW-126 Change of Command Opens New Chapter for the Airwing

Story Number: NNS100420-26Release Date: 4/20/2010 4:53:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Richard J. Stevens, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 held an airborne change of command ceremony April 16 in Norfolk, Va.

Cmdr. Kavon Hakimzadeh relieved Cmdr. Paul G. Movizzo as commanding officer.

"I hope in the long run to help improve the lives of our Sailors," said Hakimzadeh. "It is a humbling and honoring experience, and I'm privileged to have this opportunity."

Hakimzadeh enlisted in the Navy in January 1987. After completing nuclear power school, he was selected for an NROTC scholarship. He attended Carnegie Mellon University graduating with a degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned in May 1992.

Hakimzadeh completed naval flight officer training and has served in the Hawkeye community since 1995.

At the ceremony, Movizzo shared his enthusiasm for his job as commanding officer, and wished Hakimzadeh success in his new position.

Movizzo enlisted in the Navy in November 1986 after being designated an air crewman. Logging more than 1,000 flight hours, he was accepted to the aviation cadet program and was commissioned as an ensign in January 1992.

Movizzo has logged more than 4,000 flight hours since and has made 460 carrier-arrested landings.

"I am absolutely proud of this command. It was an honor to work with my Sailors," said Movizzo.

Movizzo's next duty station will be commanding officer of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.

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