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SURFOR Holds Relinquishment of Command Ceremony

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Story Number: NNS080301-14
Release Date: 3/1/2008 10:32:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paula M. Ludwick, Commander, Naval Surface Force Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Terrance T. Etnyre, commander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR), relinquished command to Rear Adm. Kevin M. Quinn, Deputy, Commander Naval Surface Forces, Feb. 29 during a ceremony on board the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4).

For Etnyre, the ceremony marks the end of an extremely successful 36-month command tour. During his tour, Etnyre established the Surface Warfare Enterprise (SWE) and executed a $7.3 billion budget while leading more than 60,000 personnel.

By establishing SWE, he increased optimization of resources and management for the surface Navy, saved operating funds to recapitalize the future surface Navy, and optimized the ability to deliver future capability on schedule and at cost.

"Leading a community that I love has been a tremendous privilege, and we continue to achieve our primary goal, keeping our country safe," said Etnyre, who retired after a distinguished 37-year naval career.

"It's been a pleasure to serve with everyone in the surface Navy," Etnyre said. "We have the greatest workforce in the world. I will match the resourcefulness, the dedication, and the intelligence of any Sailor in the fleet against any other organization's workers."

Rear Adm. Derwood C. Curtis, has been nominated as the prospective commander, Naval Surface Forces, and is awaiting Senate confirmation to assume the post. Curtis, a 1976 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, brings a great deal of command experience, having served aboard six ships including tours as commanding officer of USS Wainwright (CG 28), USS Donald B. Beary (FFT 1085). He will report to SURFOR after a tour as commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

SURFOR is a U.S. Navy type commands made up of 162 ships, 45 special mission and support commands and 60,000 Sailors and civilian personnel stationed both stateside and overseas. At sea, they operate around the globe supporting American foreign policy.

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