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Naval Air Station Jacksonville gets a new commander

Capt. Jeffrey Hill, right. the incoming commanding officer of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, reads his orders at a change of command ceremony Friday. The outgoing commander, Capt. Brian Weiss, is at left.

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By MATT SOERGEL | The Florida Times-Union | Published: April 9, 2021

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (Tribune News Service) — Capt. Jeffrey Hill took over command Friday of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, the third-largest Navy base in the country.

The change of command ceremony, closed to the media, featured praise for outgoing Capt. Brian Weiss, commander since October 2019.

Weiss guided the base through the COVID-19 pandemic and was commander in 2020 when it was named the Navy’s top naval air station for the third-straight year.

Before that, Weiss was executive officer at the base and helped lead rescue efforts after a chartered plane with 146 aboard skidded off the base's runway into the St. Johns River. All crew and passengers survived.

Hill, who becomes NAS Jacksonville's 50th commanding officer, grew up at military installations in Germany, Colorado, and North Carolina, according to a Navy biography.

He was designated an unrestricted naval aviator in March 1999 and has flown MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk helicopters. In addition, he flew rescue missions into New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.

He took over as executive officer at NAS Jacksonville in October 2019. Capt. Marcos Cantu succeeds Hill in that position.

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