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JTF Guantanamo Holds Change of Command Ceremony

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080527-24
Release Date: 5/27/2008 2:59:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Nat Moger, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Navy Rear Adm. Dave Thomas relieved Navy Rear Adm. Mark Buzby as commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, in Guantanomo Bay, at a change of command ceremony, May 27.

Guest speaker Adm. James Stavridis, commander, U.S. Southern Command, congratulated Buzby on the job he and his Troopers have done in the past year of the safe, humane and transparent detention of enemy combatants.

"This is a command where scrutiny is part of everything you do down here," Stavridis said of the media attention given to Buzby and by extension the work being done by his Troopers. "The only response to have is diligence, discipline, pride, professionalism, compassion, steadiness and grace under pressure. You do it every day and for that you must be thanked."

During his last address as the JTF commander, Buzby thanked his command staff and highlighted the professionalism of the JTF Troopers who served under his command for the past year.

"You are inheriting the finest military unit that I have ever been associated with," said Buzby to Thomas. "There's no denying that you are being handed a tough mission and are in for the professional challenge of your life, but I am confident that you will find the rewards are many and long lasting."

"You have forged a legacy of outstanding service," Thomas said.

Thomas most recently served as the director of Joint Operations Directorate on the staff of U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

Buzby has been confirmed for appointment to the rank of rear admiral (upper half) and is assigned as the deputy chief of staff for Global Force Management and Joint Force Operations, N3/N5, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

JTF Guantanamo conducts safe and humane care and custody of detained enemy combatants. JTF Guantanamo is committed to the safety and security of American service members and civilians working inside its detention facilities.

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