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Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 Changes Hands

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Story Number: NNS091009-18
Release Date: 10/9/2009 1:45:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Tucker M. Yates, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 10 held a change of command ceremony in Hangar 7 on board Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Oct. 8.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally restates to the officers and enlisted personnel of a command the continuity of the authority of command. Capt. Ken Seliga was relieved by Capt. Garner Morgan as commodore of CPRW 10. Rear Adm. William Moran, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, was the keynote speaker at the event.

"For the past two years with Ken at the helm, he's helped construct a path to success in the community. I believe we will all benefit from Ken's great insight and wisdom as a leader when he makes the transition to Norfolk in the next few months," said Moran. "Everyone here in Whidbey knows that Ken is a tireless advocate for every aspect of our community and he also possesses enormous integrity, which, in my view is an absolute imperative as we move forward into the next decade."

Under Seliga's leadership the men and women of CPRW 10 and its tenant commands logged over 45,000 flight hours, approximately 20,000 of which were while deployed, flying about 2500 missions. His tenure also saw the aggregation of separate maintenance departments for the forming of Consolidated Maintenance Organization (CMO) May 10, 2008, and the disaggregation and reintegration of those maintainers as CMO-10 was disestablished 14 months later in July of this year.

"Despite all of the demands we place on our Sailors, they accomplished the mission without complaint, with a sense of purpose and with a level of commitment and patriotism that I fear we often take for granted," said Seliga. "I know that neither I, nor would Wing 10, nor maritime patrol and reconnaissance would have succeeded in any endeavor without the untiring commitment of these great Americans."

Moran presented Seliga with the Legion of Merit Award and Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Brian Hughes, CPRW 10, presented Seliga with the broad command pennant on behalf of the chief petty officers mess.

Prior to assuming command of CPRW 10 Morgan served as Deputy Director, Joint Operations, U.S. Southern Command.

Moran is confident in the future of CPRW 10 with Morgan in command.

"The Wing and certainly Team Whidbey are very fortunate to have 'Bugs' (Morgan) back in command," said Moran.
"He brings great depth, different perspectives and tremendous experiences to the job; all of which I believe will continue to shape this base and our community for the better."

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