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Naval Station Norfolk leadership changes

Capt. Richard McDaniel (left), departing commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, shakes the hand of Capt. Bradley N. Rosen, the incoming commanding officer, on Aug. 17, 2018 during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Virginia.

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By COURTNEY MABEUS | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: August 18, 2018

NORFOLK, Va. (Tribune News Service) — A naval flight officer is the new leader of Naval Station Norfolk.

Capt. Bradley Rosen, a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, took over leadership of the world's largest Navy base during a change of command overlooking its waterfront Friday. Rosen, who had served as the base's executive officer, took over from Capt. Richard McDaniel.

Rosen trained on the P-3C Orion, a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft, and later led the Florida-based Patrol Squadron 16, according to a Navy biography. He also has served as the catapult and arresting gear officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy and, among other several other assignments, later participated in a corporate fellowship program at Cisco Systems, in San Jose, Calif. After that, he worked as an assistant to the assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs.

"It seems like just yesterday that I left for plebe summer at the Naval Academy with virtually no understanding of what I was getting myself into," Rosen told a crowd gathered for the ceremony. "I knew I wanted to fly and I'm embarrassed to admit that that was probably because I had watched 'Top Gun' one too many times."

McDaniel will lead the Washington-based Navy Installations Command. He took over leadership of the naval base in March 2017 after serving as its second-in-command and oversaw the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford as well as last year's centennial celebration. McDaniel worked to improve base infrastructure and make it more visually appealing and optimized other services. He called his tour leading the naval station the "highlight of my career."

"I leave knowing that Naval Station Norfolk will be prepared and ready and relevant for another 100 years of service to our Navy and this great nation," McDaniel said.

Rosen said he hopes to "continue the legacy of Rich McDaniel." Security and maintaining services to Navy families and sailors are among his top priorities.

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