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CNAF Reserve Holds Change of Command

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070926-11
Release Date: 9/26/2007 9:48:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michelle E. Rhonehouse, Fleet Public Affairs Center Pacific

NORTH ISLAND, Calif. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Patrick E. McGrath relieved Rear Adm. Jeffrey A. Lemmons as Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Reserve during a change of command ceremony in Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 57’s hangar Sept. 22.

Approximately 200 people, including family members, local Navy leaders and Sailors attended the ceremony to witness the ceremonial change of command.

“I would like to start by thanking everyone I have worked with over the last three years,” said Lemmons. “This Naval Air Force Reserve is unlike anything anyone has ever seen. It runs hotter and faster than anything in the past, and you made it happen.”

Under Lemmon’s command, CNAF Reserve has provided 100 percent of the Navy’s air logistics capability and close to 500,000 passengers and 60 million pounds of cargo.

“The statistics prove he has brought CNAF Reserve to the next level,” said Vice Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline, Jr., CNAF. “Make no mistake, these efforts have saved lives.”

Naval Air Forces is striving for a future of full integration between active duty and reserve units.

“I realize the size of the shoes I have to fill,” said McGrath. “But I am comfortable with the fact that Jeff broke the mold, recaptured the motto and helped chart this course for the future.”

McGrath was assigned as the Deputy Commander of Navy Region Southwest before assuming the duties as the new commander at CNAF Reserve. Lemmons will continue his career as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in Washington.

CNAF Reserve has been providing mission-capable units and individuals to the Navy-Marine Corps team throughout the full range of operations from peace to war since 1946.

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