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Fung Takes Command at 7th Naval Construction Regiment

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Story Number: NNS091002-21
Release Date: 10/2/2009 9:04:00 AM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ron Kuzlik, 7th Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Commander, 7th Naval Construction Regiment (7NCR) held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Station Newport Sept. 27.

Capt. Mark J. Fung relieved Capt. Joseph J. Albanese as commander, 7NCR. Commander, 1st Naval Construction Division Rear Adm. Richard E. Cellon was the guest speaker.

Albanese concluded a 28-year military career with his retirement. A graduate of the University of Lowell, originally enlisted in the United States Air Force and was later commissioned in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps in 1984.

Albanese previously commanded Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 21. He came to 7NCR after serving as deputy chief of staff for the First Naval Construction Division, and most recently was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom leading the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment (Forward) as Commander Task Group 56.2, Naval Expeditionary Combat Forces Command, located at Camp Moreell, Kuwait.

"Captain Albanese has shown through his entire career to be the consummate professional," Cellon said.
"Although Joe's departure is a loss for the Navy, we look forward to Captain Fung taking the regiment to new heights as well."

During the ceremony, Albanese was presented the Legion of Merit for his service as commander, 7NCR from October 2007 through September 2009.

Albanese led the regiment through a period of significant operational employment and dramatic change, including the integration of an active component chief staff officer, relocation of the unit, implementation of the Force Fleet Response Training Plan and a regimental certification exercise.

Albanese thanked the staff and Seabees of the 7NCR, as well as friends and family that were assembled one last time.

"I'm proud of the work of our regimental staff and subordinate units as they've responded to each and every call that we've made and they continue today to move forward to answer our nation's call," said Albanese.

"I am proud of what we all have done together, in uniform, but we can't do it alone. Our service comes at a cost. We cannot do what we do without the support of our families and friends."

Capt. Fung previously commanded NMCB 26. He comes to 7NCR after serving as the Navy Civil Engineer Corps detailer for Reserve component officers in the Northeast.

"The Navy has given me the opportunity to serve beside people of such fine character, patriotism and dedication to the cause of serving this great nation of ours," said Fung.

"I can think of no better example or embodiment of these traits than as you see in my friend Captain Joseph Albanese. I graciously accept this challenge to care for and lead the fine Seabees of the Seventh Regiment to the very best of my ability."

The 7th Naval Construction Regiment exercises command and control over NMCB 21 at Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, N.J., NMCB 26 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., and NMCB 27 at Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine. It's mission is to coordinate the activities of its subordinate units in support of mobilization readiness, training and construction operations tasked by higher authority.

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