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HSL-47 Leaders Change Command In-Flight

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Story Number: NNS080710-23
Release Date: 7/10/2008 10:32:00 PM

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

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, At Sea (NNS) -- An air lead change took place within Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 47 for the first time in the command's history aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), July 2.

An air lead change is a change of command ceremony, done with the off-going and on-coming commanding officers flying their aircraft for the change of command, representing the passing of responsibility of the flight from one aircraft to another.

Cmdr. Jack P. Olive assumed command of HSL-47, relieving Cmdr. Shawn P. Malone as commanding officer. The ceremony and lead change took place on Lincoln's flight deck with members of HSL-47. The squadron looked skyward as Olive took the lead in the air for the first time.

Malone assumed command of HSL-47 May 1, 2007. During his tour, the "Saberhawks" deployed to the Western Pacific and completed the second "Bravo to Sea" deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2 attached to Abraham Lincoln. Malone received transfer orders to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, or OPNAV, in Arlington, Va.

Olive enlisted in the Navy in 1986 and graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School in 1988. He was selected for an NROTC scholarship to Jacksonville University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science. Olive was designated as a naval aviator in 1993 and reported to Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. for flight training in the SB-60B Seahawk.

Olive's sea tours include USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Fife (DD 991), USS Dubuque (LPD 8) and USS Fletcher (DDG 992). During these tours Olive has served in numerous positions including air boss, safety and maintenance officer and aircraft division officer.

In 1998, Olive reported to Monterey, Calif., as the flag aide to the superintendent of Naval Postgraduate School. During this time, Olive graduated from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

In 2004, Olive was ordered to Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn., where he served as the strike helicopter placement officer. While there, Olive received a Master of Science Degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and graduated from the Joint Forces Command and Staff College.

Olive's awards include the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Five), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other various service and campaign medals.

HSL-47 is embarked with CVW-2 on board 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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