USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH, At Sea (NNS) -- Carrier Strike Group 2 (CSG-2) held a change of command ceremony on board the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), Feb. 17, where
Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller relieved Rear Adm. John C. Aquilino.
Aquilino assumed command of CSG-2 in March of last year. While in command Aquilino led the strike group throughout its preparations for the strike group's second deployment to the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibilities.
"This past year has been about building the finest strike group to date," said Aquilino. "Thanks to the commitment and selflessness of the major commanders everyone was able to come together and make that happen."
Under Aquilino's guidance, CSG-2 trained to become a fully integrated team, qualified and ready to operate at the tip of the spear.
"The crew should be extremely proud," said Aquilino. "They are the best trained group I have ever seen. This is an unbelievable team all the way down to the deck plates. Our success is due to the tremendous effort from our youngest Sailors all the way up through the commanders."
This will be a return to Bush for Miller, who served as the ship's commanding officer previously.
"It's beyond words how blessed I feel to be part of this strike group again," said Miller. "The quality of everyone involved in the strike group is unbelievable. Admiral Aquilino needs to be commended, and I'm honored to follow in his footsteps. The attitude, professionalism and morale of the crew is immediately evident everywhere I go. This team is better prepared than anyone who has done this previously. Everyone who has been part of training and evaluating this strike group can't get away from saying the words 'best ever.'"
Miller was previously serving as the director, ISR Capabilities Division in the Office of Chief Of Naval Operations. Miller hails from York, Pa., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1981. He holds a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University and is a national security management fellow of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, N.Y.
"What gets me pumped up is meeting and talking to Sailors who are fired up to be here," said Miller. "I am also so thankful for our Sailors' families and support structures back home. We could not do this job without them."
CSG-2 operated in complex training environments throughout the last year safely and effectively.
"We will soon be the carrier strike group on watch," said Miller. "The team is prepared to put its training to use and respond to the challenges we will face during deployment. We need to sustain our level of excellence, continue to grow and bring everyone back home safely."
Aquilino leaves for Hawaii to become the director of operations, Pacific Fleet.
The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is on a scheduled deployment en route to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibly. With CVN 77 as the flag ship, strike group assets include the embarked squadrons of Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 and ships USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Philippine Sea (CG 58).
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