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HS-2 Changes Command While Underway

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Story Number: NNS080710-22
Release Date: 7/10/2008 10:28:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Adam Randolph, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron (HS) 2, held a change of command ceremony aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), July 1.

Cmdr. Terence A. Hoeft took the reigns as commanding officer of the squadron, relieving Cmdr. Edward J. Iocco.

Rear Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, spoke to members of the squadron during the ceremnoy on the flight deck.

"It's sad to see a shipmate leave here." Van Buskirk said. "It's great to be associated with this group. You all are doing a tremendous job."

Iocco will attend the National War College in Washington.

Hoeft is a 1990 graduate of the University of Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He was commissioned as a naval aviator in 1993.

Hoeft received his Master of Science degree in operations research from Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in 1999. His thesis received runner-up honors for the Military Operations Research Society-Tisdale award.

Hoeft's sea tours include USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Dubuque (LPD 8). During these tours Hoeft received numerous qualifications including combat information center watch officer, command duty officer and inspection and survey coordinator.

"I've seen the Golden Falcons in action," Hoeft said. "There is no other squadron I'd rather be associated with. No other place I'd rather be. It's an honor to be the commanding officer of HS-2."

In 2002, Hoeft reported to the "Chargers" of HS-14, forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan. During his department head tour, Hoeft served as safety officer, training officer and operations officer.

During his tenure as squadron operations officer, the Chargers earned back-to-back (2003/2004) Battle 'E' awards, the 2003 Isbell award and the 2003 Thach award for anti-submarine warfare and carrier-based operational excellence. Hoeft was also named Commander Anti-submarine Helicopter Squadron Pilot of the Year for 2003.

In 2004, Hoeft reported to the Navy Staff (Assessments Division) as a staff analyst and action officer, working closely with the Joint Staff (J8). During this assignment, Hoeft deployed to Kuwait as an individual augmentee for six months, from August 2005 through February 2006.

Hoeft's awards include the Air Medal (strike/flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Combat V, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and other various campaign and service medals.

HS-2 is embarked with Carrier Air Wing 2 aboard Abraham Lincoln, which is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support Maritime Security Operations (MSO). MSO help develop security in the maritime environment, which promotes stability and global prosperity. These operations complement the counterterrorism and security efforts of regional nations and seek to disrupt violent extremists' use of the maritime environment as a venue for attack or to transport personnel, weapons or other material.

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