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CNATRA Changes Leadership

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Story Number: NNS090929-11
Release Date: 9/29/2009 1:57:00 PM

By Bob Torres, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Public Affairs

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NNS) -- A change of command ceremony for Chief of Naval Air Training Command (CNATRA) was held on board Naval Air Station Corpus Christi Sept. 24.

Rear Adm. Mark D. Guadagnini relinquished command as CNATRA to Rear Adm. William G. Sizemore II, during the ceremony with Vice Adm. Thomas J. Kilcline, commander, Naval Air Forces, as the keynote speaker.

Guadagnini, who has served as the CNATRA since Aug. 15, 2007, also served as the head of Human Resources for the Naval Aviation Enterprise.

"The most important achievements of CNATRA over the past two years are a renewed dedication to professionalism," said Guadagnini. "And the new measures by which we gauge the training of aerial combat professionals, through their: knowledge, skills, and experience - KSEs."

Guadagnini, a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, has flown 95 combat missions. He has operated from the decks of 12 different aircraft carriers and participated in operations Desert Storm, Provide Comfort, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has more than 4600 hours of flight time in 50 different aircraft.

"The highlight of my tour is the people here. They are the heroes," said Guadagnini. "People getting up every day coming to work and doing things in defense of our country. Every day people doing their work for this organization are the heroes. People on this base and people on the CNATRA staff that make things happen."

Guadagnini was referring to the staff that helped him oversee the Naval Air Training Command comprised of five training air wings located on naval air stations in Florida, Mississippi and Texas. The wings are home to 17 training squadrons, all training future naval aviators. This includes joint training with the Air Force on bases in Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia. CNATRA also oversees the Naval Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.

One of the highlights serving as the CNATRA has been having his son, Ensign Mark D. Guadagnini, who is also training to be a naval aviator, stationed here as a student. And although he didn't say much about his son, pride was evident when Guadagnini said he was proud of all new naval aviators for their patriotism.

Guadagnini's next assignment will be as commander, Carrier Strike Group 9, in Everett, Wash.

Sizemore comes to the Training Command from San Diego, Calif., where he served as chief of staff for commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.



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