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HSC-26 Holds Change of Command

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS060315-03
Release Date: 3/15/2006 11:18:00 AM

By Journalist Seaman Apprentice Marissa Kaylor, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Grady Banister relieved Cmdr. Kenneth Inglesby as the commanding officer of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 26 during a change of command ceremony March 10.

Before turning over command to Banister, Inglesby had a few things to share with his fellow shipmates of HSC-26.

“I stood here before you 15 months ago and told you to be proud,” said Ingelsby. “I stand here today to tell you how proud I am to have served as your commanding officer.”

Inglesby reported to HSC-26 as executive officer in September 2003 and took command in December 2004.

“We have laughed together at parties and homecomings, we’ve congratulated each other at reenlistments and advancements, and we have cried together at a memorial service for one of our own,” said Inglesby. “I stand before you today to say, 'well done Chargers.' HSC-26 is a cut above because of you.”

Inglesby and Banister have some history working together, as well.

“He (Inglesby) has been my shipmate and my friend for 16 years, starting here at this very squadron, and I owe him so much for that,” said Banister. “He leaves behind a group of motivated, trained and dedicated Sailors focused on getting the job done right.

“A new CO can’t ask for more than that," continued Banister. "Any success we have in the future is a direct result of his legacy.”

With one last closing remark, Banister thanked the Chargers.

“Chargers, I have been in this Navy for almost 22 years," he said, "and I can truly say that you are the best bunch of people that I’ve ever worked with."

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