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Commander Navy Region Midwest Changes Leadership

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Story Number: NNS080802-09
Release Date: 8/2/2008 8:43:00 AM

From Navy Region Midwest Public Affairs

GREAT LAKES (NNS) -- Commander Navy Region Midwest shifted leadership with a traditional change of command ceremony, Aug. 1, at historic Ross Field at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Rear Adm. Douglass T. Biesel took the helm of Navy Region Midwest when he relieved Rear Adm. Jon Bayless, Jr. Biesel reports to Navy Region Midwest as its first active duty commander since it split from the previous arrangement with commander Naval Service Training Command also serving as region commander.

"This region is about our people," Biesel said. "It is our mission to attract, recruit and retain a diverse, high-performing force. I look forward to leading in this vital area of shore readiness that supports the fleet, fighter and family."

His previous position was as director, platforms, manpower policy and budget, N871, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

Bayless has served in his current job since October 2006, when he was recalled to active duty to serve as the first full-time commander of Navy Region Midwest, which was established in October 2003.

"These 22 months in command have been a wonderful experience for me. The Region has grown and matured to a point where it has become a vibrant organization supporting the Fleet, Warfighter, and Family inside the CNIC Enterprise," Bayless said.

Among the many accomplishments of Region Midwest are the implementation of the Lean Six Sigma Culture, various military construction programs including the dedication of Battle Stations 21 at Recruit Training Command, the continued recapitalization projects at Recruit Training Command, the awarding of public-private venture housing contracts at all three Navy Region Midwest installations—Naval Station Great Lakes, Naval Support Activity Mid-South and Naval Support Activity Crane, Ind., and the ground-breaking for the prototype Federal Health Care Center, which will combine the services of the Naval Health Clinic with the Veterans Administration.

"This tour has provided a unique opportunity to be tied to the BRAC transformation of the Midwest, and I am grateful to have had the good fortune to lead such a fine group of people," he added.

"The tremendous teamwork we have enjoyed from the commanding officers, staff, reservists, DON civilians, and contractors has taken the Midwest Region to the next level.

I will certainly miss Great Lakes and all of the good friends I have made here over the past few years."

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