FRC Mid-Atlantic Holds Change-of-Charge Ceremony

Story Number: NNS140522-26Release Date: 5/22/2014 2:53:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ernest R. Scott

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Bret E. Bishop relieved Cmdr. Bret A. Washburn as the officer in charge of Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Mid-Atlantic at a change-of-charge ceremony, May 22, at Naval Station Norfolk.

During his farewell remarks, Washburn extended his appreciation to the Sailors, Marines, and civilians that comprise the FRC staff.

"Today isn't about me," said Washburn. "This ceremony is about the professionals that make up this command. It has been my honor to lead you."

Washburn, an Aviation Maintenance Duty Officer, has served as the officer in charge of FRC Norfolk since June of 2012. His next tour of duty will include Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., where he will be responsible for the procurement and complete life cycle management of aircraft systems for the Navy and Marine Corps.

"Our community is small and command is something we treasure," said Capt. Joseph A. Rodriguez, Executive Officer of FRC and guest speaker for the event. "The bar is high and the standard has been set here at Norfolk, but Cmdr. Bishop can trust in the Sailors at FRC."

Bishop reports to FRC from Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic where he served as Assistant Carrier Strike Group Readiness Officer and Shore Readiness Officer.

"I couldn't be happier to be standing here today as the new officer in charge," said Bishop. "It's great leadership that got me here, and that's exactly what I hope to provide."

Commissioned in June 1993, Bishop has operated aboard three aircraft carriers, including serving on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) immediately following the attacks on 9/11, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He would later volunteer for an Individual Augment assignment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, serving with Joint Crew Composite Squadron One (JCCS-1) in Iraq, performing counter-IED operations.

"This command has a tremendous reputation on the flight line for getting the job done," said Bishop. "My job now is to continue that tradition."

FRC Mid-Atlantic partners with industry to meet Naval Aviation Enterprise Ready-for-Tasking at improved efficiency and reduced cost by providing world class aviation support, repair, overhaul of engines, airframes, components, and aircraft launch and recovery systems.

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