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Haebler Relieves Fahs as Commanding Officer

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Story Number: NNS070405-06
Release Date: 4/5/2007 2:48:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Cmdr. Paul Haebler relieved Cmdr. Jon Fahs Jr. as commanding officer of USS Alaska (SSBN 732) in a ceremony at Navy Medicine East and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Va., April 1.

Haebler was previously assigned to U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, where he also graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College. He began his naval career at the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with distinction in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science.

Haebler plans to jump right into the big shoes he has to fill with a little advice from his counterpart.

“I plan to borrow Cmdr. Fahs same philosophy, ‘Do one’s best and do what’s right,’” said Haebler after relieving Fahs.

Fahs will transfer to Submarine Squadron 19, Bangor, Wash., as the deputy commander for training. This was Fahs’ first command assignment. During his command, the Alaska steamed more than 65,000 miles, which Fahs’ happily noted converted to more than 20,000 leagues.

One of the other accomplishments Fahs was proud to note came with his command earning the Submarine Squadron 19 Battle efficiency "E" Award for 2004.



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