NAF Washington Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Story Number: NNS160108-16Release Date: 1/8/2016 3:44:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (EXW/PJ) Ernesto Hernandez Fonte, Naval Air Facility Washington D.C. Public Affairs

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (NNS) -- Naval Air Facility (NAF) Washington D.C. held a change of command ceremony in Hangar 12 on Joint Base Andrews NAF Washington Jan. 8.

Capt. Scott K. Fuller relieved Capt. Anthony L. Gilbert as commanding officer.

Rear Adm. W. Michael Crane, commander, Naval Air Force Reserve, was the presiding officer for the ceremony.

"Serving as the commander of a fantastic group of people made this the best job in the world," said Gilbert. "From the Sailors, to the chief's mess, and to the wardroom, I was privileged to serve with the best."

Gilbert assumed command in June 2014 and was presented with the Legion Of Merit for his exceptional accomplishments during his tenure at NAF Washington D.C., which included hosting support to 11 Navy and Marine Corps tenant commands, transforming the command into a leaner more agile realigned air facility.

During his time as commanding officer of NAF Washington D.C., Gilbert's integral leadership helped Joint Base Andrews earn the 2015 Commander In Chief's Installation Excellence Award as the best installation across the Air Force enterprise.

"We had many challenges and our team overcame all of them, so I am proud of the team for their perseverance," said Gilbert. "The greatest benefit of serving in the Navy isn't the opportunity to excel in one's career as an individual, but rather about working with the highest caliber of Americans and excelling as group. These are ordinary men and women who complete and extraordinary mission for the country."

Fuller is reporting to NAF Washington D.C., after representing the Navy on the Army's Strategic Studies Group, on which he worked directly for the chief of staff of the Army.

"I am excited for taking command of NAF Washington and looking forward to working with both the NAF and Joint Base Andrews team," said Fuller. "My vision is to continue to build on the strengths of this command while challenging the Sailors of NAF Washington to live by the four core attributes outlined by the chief of naval operations of integrity, accountability, initiative and toughness.

"As professional Sailors, these core attributes will not only better ourselves as individuals but strengthen us as a team to meet the demands of our Navy and joint base partners," said Fuller.

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