GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes said farewell to one commanding officer and welcomed a new one during a change of command ceremony held Nov. 10 at Naval Station Great Lakes, when Capt. Mark A. Meskimen relieved Capt. John B. Vliet as commanding officer.
Meskimen previously served in the enlisted ranks as an electronics technician and was commissioned as a limited duty officer, March 1993. His most recent assignment was serving as the Waterfront Operations Deputy, CVN 70 and CVN 71 Project Lead at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific, overseeing all installations.
Other assignments include combat systems maintenance officer, aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); current operations officer and Atlantic Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) force protection officer, Joint Maritime Facility, St. Mawgan, England; and combat systems officer, force protection officer, integrated training team leader and the miniature/micro-miniature electronics repair (2M) officer, amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2).
Meskimen has also served as head combat systems ratings detailer, Millington, Tennessee; commanding officer, Center for Surface Combat Systems Unit, Great Lakes; and combat systems officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
"Given the rich history and importance of this command, I will do my utmost to serve you," Meskimen said. "Each of these students presents new challenges, each of them learn in different ways, and it takes your dedication and perseverance to ensure that they are prepared and ready to perform in the fleet."
Vliet, a 36-year Navy service member, served as commanding officer for TSC Great Lakes since July 2014.
He previously served in the enlisted ranks as a gunner's mate and was commissioned as a limited duty officer, December 1991.
Other assignments include nuclear-propelled guided-missile cruiser USS Arkansas (CGN 41); Gunner's Mate Missiles "A" School, Great Lakes; USS Yorktown (CG 48); USS Thomas S. Gates (CG 51); NSWC, Dahlgren, Virginia; USS Mahan (DDG 72); and amphibious assault ship USS Nassau (LHA 4).
Vliet also served with the Board of Inspection and Survey, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia; Combined Joint Task Force in the Horn of Africa; 2nd Marine Division, Ramadi, Iraq; 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; commanding officer of the Mobile Mine Assembly Group, Corpus Christi, Texas; aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) as combat systems officer; and officer-in-charge of Navy Munitions Command at Naval Station Norfolk.
"I am humbled and honored to be a part of this team," Vliet said. "Thank you to the entire TSC team, civilian and military -- you all are the best and brightest this nation has to offer."
Guest Speaker Rear Adm. Michael S. White, commander, Naval Education and Training Command, praised Vliet's accomplishments as he commanded NETC's largest and most complex training support center with a student throughput of approximately 55,000 during his tenure.
"Captain Vliet's leadership has been a key to mission readiness and preparing our Sailors for the fleet," said White. "He has set the standard, making a lasting impact to the staff and students that have served under him."
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