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VAW 126 Holds Change of Command Ceremony

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Story Number: NNS080320-17
Release Date: 3/20/2008 5:39:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Bookwalter, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 126 held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), March 18.

Cmdr. James Landas assumed command from Cmdr. Richard Wood.

VAW 126, embarked aboard Truman as part of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, bid Wood farewell and good luck at his new command, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon.

Wood told the "Seahawks" he would remember fondly the time and experience he spent as their commanding officer.

"I'll miss the camaraderie we shared," Wood said. "I'll miss every opportunity I've had to spend time with you. Every single one of my guys did a great job. It's a unique organization, and you should be exceptionally proud of what you have accomplished."

Wood left his Sailors with a few final words of praise.

"The highest honor a United States officer can have is to be the commanding officer of Sailors," Wood said. "I was doubly honored, because I was the commanding officer of some of the finest Sailors I have ever been associated with."

Landas assumes command after serving as executive officer for VAW 126. He told his Sailors he was confident they would continue to display the excellence to which he had grown accustomed.

"You have done and will continue to do America's work," Landas said. "For 39 years this squadron has carried that burden, so we must be ready to continue our mission."

Truman, attached to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10, is currently on a regularly scheduled deployment to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of Maritime Security Operations.

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