NOSC Fort Worth Hosts Navy Reserve Commander, US 7th Fleet Change of Command Ceremony

Story Number: NNS121105-06Release Date: 11/5/2012 3:58:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Carolla Bennett, NR NAVINFO 7th Fleet Public Affairs

FORTH WORTH, Texas (NNS) -- Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Fort Worth hosted a change of command ceremony Nov. 3

Capt. Kevin C. Hayes relieved Capt. Glenn R. Brandenburg, as commanding officer, Navy Reserve, U.S. 7th Fleet (NR C7F).

Visiting guests included Vice Adm. Scott H. Swift, commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and Rear Adm. John F. Weigold, deputy commander, U.S. 7th Fleet.

"This command is one of the most demanding, dynamic and multifaceted commands in the U.S. Navy," said Swift. "I rely on this command to provide timely manpower, sound advice and experienced support for the numerous missions assigned to 7th Fleet."

Swift praised Brandenburg for his outstanding leadership in developing and delivering the high level of professional expertise necessary for accomplishing 7th Fleet's mission of providing ready, flexible, and highly-capable support for any challenge within its Area of Responsibility.

While in command of NR C7F, Brandenburg oversaw Navy Reserve support for the largest humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operation in history, Operation Tomodachi. NR C7F played a vital role supporting 7th Fleet's deployment of 22 ships, 132 aircraft and more than 15,000 personnel dedicated to assisting Japan's Self Defense Forces in the search and recovery efforts.

Brandenburg also led Navy Reserve support for 7th Fleet's nearly 100 bilateral and multilateral exercises and more than the 250 port visits every year.

Swift presented Brandenburg with the Legion of Merit medal for distinguished service from November 2010 to November 2012. Brandenburg's next duty station will be as deputy chief of staff, for Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command in Norfolk, Va.

"I could never adequately express my gratitude to the men and women of NR C7F," said Brandenburg. "I am incredibly proud of your resolute professionalism, positive attitude and patriotism."

Hayes, a native of Lakewood, N.J., assumed command of NR C7F following a recent active duty assignment for U.S. Southern Command as deputy director of its command and control team for Operation Unified Response following the 2010 Chilean earthquake. Hayes also served as Joint Operations Center (JOC) director for U.S. Pacific Command during Operation Tomodachi.

"To the men and women of NR C7F, I commit to you an emphasis on mutual respect, dignity, accountability, and personal excellence," said Hayes. "It will be my distinct honor and privilege to lead the men and women of this command in the challenges that lay ahead."

There are 60-70 ships, 200-300 aircraft and more than 40,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel assigned to the 7th Fleet. This includes forces operating from bases in Japan and Guam and rotationally-deployed forces based in the United States. Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, is embarked aboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. The flagship commands and controls the fleet and fosters military-to-military relationships through scheduled port visits and military exercises.

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