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NAVSEA Deputy Commander of Mobilization Holds Change of Command, Retirement

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Story Number: NNS070926-06
Release Date: 9/26/2007 8:21:00 AM

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Rear Adm. (Sel.) Michael Browne relieved Rear Adm. Paul Shebalin as Naval Sea Systems Command's (NAVSEA) Deputy Commander of Mobilization during a change of command and retirement ceremony on Sept. 14 at the Washington Navy Yard.

The Deputy Commander of Mobilization is also the senior Navy Reserve engineering duty officer.

Vice Adm. Paul E. Sullivan, NAVSEA commander, and Vice Adm. John Cotton, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander of Navy Reserve Force were guest speakers for the event.

Sullivan recognized Shebalin’s leadership and integration efforts of NAVSEA's reserve community to meet a variety of mission requirements, and he also welcomed Browne.

“There are currently about 70,000 Sailors deployed. Of that, 11,000 are actual boots on the ground, fighting on the front lines, providing medical assistance, building schools, reconstructing towns ... many of those boots belong to our reservists,” said Sullivan. “I’m very proud of their contributions. It’s far more than just driving ships."

“Shebalin’s efforts,” Sullivan continued, “helped our organization apply civilian business methods, and those business skills have helped our organizational strategy immensely."

Shebalin's reserve career that spanned more than 30 years.
Some of his tours included two ships: USS Lester (DE 1022) and USS Bowen (FF 1079); command of four reserve units; technical contributions to combat technology such as Aegis, Tomahawk and Trident systems.

Early in 2002, he was called to active duty as the deputy director of Navy Staff. During his five-month reactivation, he assisted the command through a reorganization utilizing business realignment techniques. He returned to active duty again in 2003 to implement a realigning process for NAVSEA’s reservists.

Prior to turning over command, Shebalin explained that he was grateful for the opportunity to align the many talents and skills of the reserve component to best serve the needs of the nation.

“I realize that the most important aspect of any position is the people — people you meet, the people you work with and the people who support you,” said Shebalin. “I’ve had opportunity to work with a great team and fantastic leadership, and I have to thank my family for all their encouragement and support throughout my career.”

Before reading his orders assuming command, Shebalin’s relief, Browne, greeted those assembled briefly.

“I know there are a lot of expectations that come with this position,” said Browne, “I’m ready for the challenge.”

Prior to reporting to NAVSEA, Browne served as chief of Staff for Task Force Navy Family, Washington, supporting Navy families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and, most recently, he was Senior Fellow for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, R.I., studying how the Internet will impact our future Navy by the year 2030.

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