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Titley Takes Command of CNMOC

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Story Number: NNS071222-04
Release Date: 12/22/2007 5:22:00 PM

By George Lammons, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- Rear Adm. (Select) David Titley became the 10th commander of the Stennis-based Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) in a change of command and retirement ceremony on Dec. 19.

Titley relieved Rear Adm. Timothy McGee, who retired after 30 years of naval service.

The ceremony also featured Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces, and retired Vice Adm. Paul G. Gaffney II, president of Monmouth University in New Jersey and a former NMOC commander.

Titley takes command after a 25-year career that has seen him serve in a variety of ashore and at-sea operational positions as well as in policy positions in Washington, D.C. His tour as NMOC commander will be his fourth tour at Stennis. Earlier he had served as director of the Warfighting Support Center at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO), as the commander of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command and, his most recent, as the NMOC Chief of Staff.

"He did everything right in his career," Gaffney said.

McGee's tour was marked by a massive reorganization of the command and Hurricane Katrina, which saw 25 percent of the Navy's military and civilian employees at Stennis either lose or sustain severe damage to their homes.

"Tim took us from devastation to hope to firm resolve to support, and we, in the fleet, didn't even know it," Greenert said of McGee's leadership of the oceanography community after Hurricane Katrina.

Gaffney said that McGee "transformed this organization at a time of a hot war."

McGee received the Navy's Distinguished Service Medal, the service's fourth highest award. He has not announced any post-Navy plans, but Gaffney said McGee will have no trouble.

NMOC is a worldwide organization of about 3,000 Navy officer, enlisted and civilian personnel that forecasts weather and ocean conditions in support of U.S. Navy operations.

For more news from Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cnmoc/.

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