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COMNAVAIRLANT Gets New Commander

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070505-03
Release Date: 5/5/2007 8:41:00 PM

By Mass Communications Specialist 1st Class (SW) Rachael L. Leslie, Naval Air Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin relieved Rear Adm. H. Denby Starling II as the commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic (COMNAVAIRLANT) in a change of command ceremony aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) on May 4.

“Rear Adm. Bill Goodwin is ready for this command,” said guest speaker Admiral John B. Nathman, Commander U.S. Fleet Forces Command. “He’s had the opportunity to lead at many levels and it’s time for him to lead at the force level now.”

Starling was the 26th commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic in Norfolk. He assumed command on July 28, 2004, and has been in charge of the command’s six aircraft carriers and more than 40,000 personnel in over 50 aircraft squadrons with nearly 1,300 aircraft.

Starling began his career with a commission through the University of Virginia Naval ROTC program in 1974. He was designated a naval flight officer in March 1975 and a naval aviator in March 1983.

“Leaving a job like this isn’t an easy thing to do,” said Starling. “It’s the finest, most rewarding job any naval aviator could ever aspire to have.”

A native of Dublin, Ga., Goodwin graduated from the University of South Carolina and received his commission in May of 1975. He was designated a naval aviator in February 1977.

“To the officers, enlisted members and civilians at COMNAVAIRLANT, I am proud to be your shipmate,” said Goodwin. “We are naval aviation and we make a difference.”

Prior to assuming command of COMNAVAIRLANT, Goodwin served as commander, Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group at Naval Station Everett, Wash.

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