Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Holds Change of Command

Story Number: NNS120830-16Release Date: 8/30/2012 3:13:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class William S. Parker, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Special Warfare Group (NSWG) 2 held a change of command ceremony Aug. 10 on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va.

Capt. Robert Smith relieved Capt. Timothy Szymanski, who served at the helm of NSWG-2 since August 2010, at the SEAL Heritage Center. Rear Adm. Sean A. Pybus, commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

"For us in uniform this day always comes, maybe with or without the enthusiasm to give up ones responsibilities to another before moving on to another challenging responsibility, which is a prime example of Capt. Szymanski's service over self. To all the hard work and dedication of the Naval Special Warfare community during Capt. Szymanski's tenure I salute you," said Pybus.

During the ceremony, Szymanski was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service as commander from Pybus. He was also given a framed map of his area of responsibility as a going away gift on behalf of the command from the NSWG-2 Command Master Chief, Britt Slabinski.

Szymanski spoke to an audience of more than 350 NSW personnel, family, and friends about the accomplishments of NSWG-2 and the forward deployed forces.

"NSW East, I'm proud of all of you for your dedication to the mission. I believe it is important to remember why we are here. We are here to not only witness the exchange of responsibilities, authority, and who is in charge but I ask that we also remember James Curran, Caleb Nelson, Dennis Miranda, Adam Smith, Blake McClendon and all of our fallen that have given the ultimate sacrifice," said Szymanski.

"SEAL commanders, CMCs, NSW, this is a change of command not a change in mission," said Smith. "Our mission is to support the readiness of deploying forces, to equip and train the warfighters to move forward to be deployed, to take care of their families while deployed, and to return those forces that we send forward. There will be many challenges along the way that we are ready to face head on, so Group 2, let's get to work."

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