Combined Task Force 68 Changes Command

Story Number: NNS110822-18Release Date: 8/22/2011 10:10:00 PM
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By Jan Hammond, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs

ROTA, Spain (NNS) -- Members of Commander, Naval Expeditionary Task Force Europe and Africa (CTF 68) welcomed their new commodore during a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Rota, Spain, Aug. 19.

Capt. Bradley Martin relieved Capt. Martin Beck as commander, CTF 68.

Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet Vice Adm. Harry Harris presided over the change of command ceremony.

"From the time that Marty took command, he set out to build a high-performance fighting machine - a task force that is immediately and easily identified as a winner, a task force with a reputation for aggressiveness, a task force that adjusts to change on its own, with its eye on the future, even as it focuses on the mission at hand," said Harris.

Beck has led CTF 68 since July 2009. CTF 68 consists of nearly 1,300 Sailors and Marines who make up Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5, Marine Corps Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team Company Europe, Mobile Expeditionary Security Squadron 2 and Underwater Construction Team 1. The task force's subordinate units span Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Beck said the ceremony marks the transfer of authority, responsibility and accountability from one commander to another and provides an opportunity to address Sailors and Marines.

"Martin is a seasoned, former amphibious group commander, and it is with great pride that I surrender the reigns of the greatest task force in Naval Forces Europe and Africa to you," said Beck. "Take care of the troops, and I am confident they will always take care of you, as they have me."

Martin thanked Beck for his hospitality and thorough turnover.

"Your selfless leadership has resulted in this truly great Task Force," said Martin. "It is a tremendous honor for me to be a part of it."

Harris said he knows Martin is up to the task.

"You will be tested, and you will certainly be challenged," said Harris. "But the wealth of experience you bring to Task Force 68 makes you the perfect choice to lead this group of Sailors and Marines."

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