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Strike Force Training Atlantic Holds Change of Command

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070918-02
Release Date: 9/18/2007 1:24:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Tyler J. Wilson, Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Donald P. Quinn took the reigns from Rear Adm. Richard J. O’Hanlon as Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) in a change of command ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 13.

O’Hanlon is departing to become the director of readiness and training with U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

At the ceremony, O’Hanlon reflected on his time at the command and thanked his fellow Sailors for the good years they gave him.

“I want to thank all of you,” said O’Hanlon. “You truly are the workhorses and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Quinn, who comes to CSFTL after completing his tour as Chief of Naval Air Training, Commander, Navy Region South, said he believes the hard work of CSFTL Sailors pays off in added benefit to the fleet.

“I believe, like Rear Adm. [O’Hanlon] said, in putting muscle to the fleet, and I think you can do that by training,” said Quinn. “Just like going to the gym to work out to gain muscle and make you stronger. That’s what we do.”

Commander, U.S. 2nd Fleet Vice Adm. Marty Chanik presided over the ceremony, recognizing O’Hanlon’s accomplishments, and welcoming Quinn.

“As a result of his foresight and initiative, [strike groups] now utilize synthetic training to prepare them for major combat operations,” said Chanik about O’Hanlon’s accomplishments. “The tremendous success of the initiative has gained interest across the Atlantic as several of our [Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization] partners have also expressed a desire to participate in the initiative as well.”

Chanik also discussed what Quinn offers the command. “He brings with him the experience of leading on the air training side, and will apply that to the broader spectrum of strike force training.”

Quinn is a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1980 he was designated a naval flight officer.

CSFTL is responsible for all the training of the deployable carrier and expeditionary strike groups in the Atlantic Fleet. It is headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk.

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