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Schweizer Accepts Command of SEAL Team 4

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070628-04
Release Date: 6/28/2007 8:00:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Katt Whittenberger, Naval Special Warfare Group 2 Public Affairs

LITTLE CREEK AMPHIBIOUS BASE, Va. (NNS) -- Cmdr. Travis Schweizer assumed command of SEAL Team 4 from Cmdr. John Burnham during a ceremony June 22 at Little Creek Amphibious Base.

Burnham, who took command of SEAL Team 4 in December 2005, is reporting to the National War College in Washington.

Capt. Chaz Heron, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group 2, praised the entire SEAL team.

“The incredible battlefield reputation SEAL Team 4 has earned is a mutual accomplishment of their commander and the SEALs assigned there. Commander Burnham has provided the leadership and an environment for them to succeed, and the Team 4 SEALs have overcome every hurdle they’ve faced,” Heron explained.

Schweizer reported from Joint Special Operations Command in Fort Bragg, N.C. He has previously been assigned to SEAL Teams 1, 3 and 5; SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 and Special Operations Command Pacific.

“I’m looking forward to working with a group of guys with this much proven combat experience,” said Schweizer. “Team 4 has an excellent record and I look forward to the opportunity to help build on that record.”

Burnham said he feels confident turning over to Schweizer.

“Team 4 has been incredibly successful during the past two years, taking on challenge after challenge in an ever-changing environment, and it has been a great privilege leading this team,” said Burnham. “Commander Schweizer has more than 15 years of experience all over the world. I know that he will continue to lead this team well, and that Team 4 will continue to be the best.”

SEAL Team 4 has consistently deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places around the world since the global war on terrorism kicked off. The command recently returned from a highly successful deployment in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and to South America in support of theater engagement requirements.

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