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TACRON 21 Changes Command

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Story Number: NNS071006-08
Release Date: 10/6/2007 8:09:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman (SW) Seth Scarlett, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21 held a change of command ceremony at Snug Harbor Beach on Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Oct. 5.

Cmdr. Craig M. Wevley relieved Cmdr. Steven B. Morien as commanding officer of the “Black Jacks.”

Morien arrived at TACRON 21 as the executive officer in April 2005 and deployed with the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group in November of that year in support of anti-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa. He took command of TACRON 21 in June 2006.

“Morien has succeeded in completing TACRON missions all around the world,” said former TACRON 21 Commanding Officer Capt. Gregory Curth, guest speaker. “He’s had an outstanding command tour and he, and all the other Black Jacks, should be proud.”

Before handing the reins of the command over to Wevley, Morien expressed the devotion and pride he had for TACRON 21 while serving as commanding officer.

“You can’t imagine the amount of pride I’ve had for this command over the time I’ve served with them,” said Morien. “It’s truly been an honor to serve as commanding officer.”

Wevley reported for duty at TACRON 21 in May 2006 and became executive officer the following month. In January 2007 he deployed as Det. 1 officer in charge and supported Commander, Bataan Strike Group and the 26 Marine Expeditionary Unit while conducting maritime operations and theater security cooperation efforts.

“Wevley’s efforts as an executive officer have paved the way for success for the Black Jacks,” said Morien. “I have no doubt the command will flourish under his leadership.”

After taking over the responsibilities and challenges of the command, Wevley conveyed his aspirations and expectations.

“I am honored and humbled to be commanding officer of this command,” said Wevley. “We do our mission well and we do it as a team. We will fly, fight, lead and never forget who we are.”

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