Naval Base Guam changes command

From left: Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne, Commander, Joint Region Marianas; U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) outgoing Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Ward; and incoming Commanding Officer Capt. Andy Anderson render salutes as colors are posted during NBG's change of command ceremony at the Tango/Uniform Wharf at the base in Santa Rita June 20. Anderson relieved Ward as the base commanding officer.


By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 20, 2014

U.S. Naval Base Guam held a change of command ceremony in Santa Rita, Guam Friday.

Capt. Andy Anderson relived Capt. Mike Ward as commanding officer of the Guam Navy base.

In his two-year tour, Ward led the base’s personnel during joint and multinational operations and exercises with the Navy’s 5th and 7th Fleets. Under his direction, the base supported more than 1,400 ship and submarine visits from the U.S. and allies, recording more than 3,000 berth days and transferring a total of 25 million gallons of fuel. He was also responsible for directing more than $500 million in various construction projects on the Navy base.

“What I’ve learned most are three things, Guam’s patriotism, rich history and culture, and focus on cooperation and team building,” Ward said. “For the past 24 months, I’ve had the honor of serving on this beautiful island with my family and I’ve been fortunate to meet truly great Americans.”

Ward’s next assignment is at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa in Naples, Italy.

Anderson reports to Guam after serving as executive assistant at Navy Recruiting Command in Millington, Tenn.



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