USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 Rear Adm. Nora W. Tyson was promoted August 1 to rear admiral (upper half) while deployed aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), the Navy's newest aircraft carrier.
Former President George H.W. Bush surprised Tyson when he administered the oath of office via video teleconference from his summer home in Kennebunk Port, Maine.
Tyson, the first woman to command a U.S. Navy carrier strike group, recited her oath of office in front of nearly 50 of her Sailors who packed the space to congratulate Tyson on her achievement.
"That is something that, obviously, I will never forget as long as I live," said Tyson.
George H.W. Bush Commanding Officer Capt. Brian E. Luther; Commander, Carrier Air Wing 8 Capt. Jeff Davis; and CSG2 Chief of Staff Capt. William Seaman placed the second stars on her shoulders.
Tyson said that she owed a debt of gratitude to all the Sailors she had the honor to work with over the last 30 years.
"It has been a phenomenal experience," she said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Geore H.W. Bush CSG consists of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), CSG2 staff, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 staff, guided-missile cruisers USS Gettysburg (CG 64) and USS Anzio (CG 68), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103) and USS Mitscher (DDG 57).
George H.W. Bush is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility on its first operational deployment conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.
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