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VQ-4 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070508-03
Release Date: 5/8/2007 8:06:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Charles L. Ludwig, Strategic Communications Wing 1 Public Affairs

TINKER AFB, Okla. (NNS) -- Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4 welcomed a new commanding officer May 4 when Cmdr. Daniel Rivera relieved Cmdr. Scott C. Kraverath during a change of command ceremony in the squadron’s hangar bay.

Rivera served as the executive officer at VQ-4 for the past year. He became the 37th commanding officer of the "Shadows" squadron, one of two operational squadrons under Strategic Communications Wing 1, based at Tinker Air Force Base.

Rivera took time to thank his predecessor for his leadership and example while serving as commanding officer.

“Skipper Kraverath, it’s been a crazy year. Thanks for all your mentorship and even more for your friendship,” Rivera said in his comments. “The example you set as (commanding officer) was exemplary by any standard, and you leave the squadron ready for any mission that comes its way. I’ll try not to screw it up.”

Retired Capt. John Keilty, a former wing commander for Strategic Communications Wing 1, served as guest speaker. Currently a teacher and head baseball coach at Mount St. Mary’s High School in Oklahoma City, Keilty has known both Kraverath and Rivera through their service in the Take Charge and Move Out community.

“In 1993, I was on a flight with Scott Kraverath, and at that point, I knew he would be a future commanding officer one day,” he said. “Fourteen years later, I stand here today bidding him farewell as a commanding officer.”

Before Kraverath and Rivera performed the formal reading of their orders, which signified the passing of command, Kraverath reflected on his experience as commanding officer.

“Over the past year, it’s hard to narrow down to a small list the great moments that we’ve had here,” said Kraverath. “The things we’ve accomplished together speak for themselves.”

Kraverath then went on to detail many of the high points he experienced as the Shadows’ commanding officer, including the selection of Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Cody Cearly as the Navy’s Maintainer of the Year, amongst others.

Rivera spoke to the Sailors of VQ-4 concerning their role in the squadron’s strategic mission.

“My pilots have always been great. Great training coupled with incredible skill have ensured all my landings were smooth,” Rivera said. “However, there would be no planes to fly were it not for the Sailors who fix them and make sure they’re ready to go. Because of their tireless efforts, hard work and dedication my takeoffs have always equaled my landings either on a pitching deck or land. Sailors have never let me down. Now it’s my job to return the favor.”

Kraverath will report to the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., after spending another 70 days with SCW-1.

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