SOUDA BAY, Greece (NNS) -- U.S. Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay held a change of command ceremony onboard the installation, May 31.
Capt. James F. Gibson Jr. relieved Capt. Scott M. Hogan as commanding officer.
Rear Adm. Anthony E. Gaiani, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia/commander, Maritime Air Naples, was the guest speaker at the event.
In his remarks, Gaiani stressed the importance of the U.S. Navy at Souda Bay. "Make no mistake about it, NSA Souda Bay is one of the most important bases we have in the Navy, facing challenges that bases back in the States could never imagine. The command of this base is one of the toughest, most challenging assignments at our installations today, and I think, it is one of the most operational and significant installations we have anywhere in the world. That's how important it is and that's how important the job of commanding officer is."
Gaiani praised Hogan's "inspirational, energetic and visionary leadership" and presented him with a Legion of Merit for his command's many accomplishments during his tenure.
Hogan, a native of Vermont, commanded at Souda Bay since July 2010 and will now report for duty as chief of staff, Commander Navy Region Northwest, headquartered at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor, Wash.
"One of the most gratifying parts of my job is working with and leading Sailors," Hogan said. "The Sailors of NSA Souda Bay have performed tremendously and the future of the Navy is in good hands."
Gaiani played a key role in the time-honored occasion by accepting Hogan's relinquishing of command and receiving the assumption of command report from Gibson.
Gibson, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is an aviator with more than 4,000 flight hours in the Lockheed EP-3 aircraft. He was most recently assigned as the deputy commodore of Task Force 56, located in Bahrain.
"In just a short time on this base, as I'm finding out the important role you have played supporting the fleet," Gibson said to the Sailors of NSA. "I'm asking myself, "Where do we find these magnificent men and women." I've been seeing them everyday - it is an honor to serve with you."
The robust and strategically located Naval Support Activity, with its approximately 750 assigned military and civilian personnel, is tasked with providing vital logistical support to U.S. and allied ships and aircraft operating in or transiting through the eastern Mediterranean.
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