MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) changed command during a ceremony at Naval Station Mayport Aug. 5.
Rear Adm. Vic Guillory, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F), was relieved by Rear Adm. Kurt Tidd during the ceremony, marking the end of a 34-year career.
The ceremony, presided over by Air Force Gen. Douglas Fraser, Commander, U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), served to showcase the numerous accomplishments of the command as a whole while paying tribute to the individuals who have maintained the organizations success for more than 60 years.
Fraser said Guillory's presence as 4th Fleet served to further the already significant relationships with South American nations and increased operational capabilities of the U.S. armed forces.
"Over the past two years, Rear Adm. Guillory's outstanding and innovative leadership has strengthened our partnerships with naval forces throughout Latin America and the Caribbean and has helped USSOUTHCOM accomplish its mission," said Fraser.
Fraser named Guillory's numerous accomplishments during his address, citing the outgoing Admiral's ingenuity in organizing some of the U.S. Navy's highest profile operations and exercises.
"Guillory provided unparalleled support to our engagements with partner nation navies, overseeing numerous training exercises such as Southern Seas, Continuing Promise, Southern Partnership Station, UNITAS and PANAMAX," said Fraser. "In each of these he demonstrated a commitment to improving sharing and employing new naval technologies to help enhance interoperability."
Guillory, addressing the USNAVSO/4th Fleet staff attending the ceremony, said the accomplishments of the command remained a direct reflection of the individuals staffing its ranks.
"The opportunity and the privilege to serve alongside these terrific young men and women of USNAVSO and U.S. 4th Fleet has been the professional high-water mark of my career," said Guillory. "These young men and women are intelligent, loyal, committed to being part of something bigger than themselves, and simply the measure of all that is right about our nation and our values.
"The men and women at this command have taught me so much about the Caribbean, Central and South American regions," added Guillory. "They have collectively made coming to work every day special on many levels."
Guillory retired immediately following the change of command ceremony.
Guillory was succeeded as COMUSNAVSO/C4F by Tidd, who previously served as vice director, Operations, Joint Staff, at the Pentagon. Tidd told the more than 180 invited guests that it is a privilege to take command from a superb leader and pledged to keeping 4th Fleet ready in all respects for future challenges.
"Our focus today is to recognize, and to honor the 34 years of dedicated service to nation and Navy given by my Naval Academy classmate, shipmate and friend," said Tidd. "I'd like to thank [Rear] Adm. Guillory and his bride Marquita for their warm welcome and gracious hospitality. You have made this transition extraordinarily easy."
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports USSOUTHCOM joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.
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