BY Chief Mass Communication Specialist Brian Morales,
Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Commander, Navy Reserve Navy Installations Command (NR CNIC) held a change of command ceremony at the Forge Building, CNIC Headquarters, located on the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., Nov. 17.
Capt. Robert S. Mitchell, a native of Woolwich, N.J., relieved Capt. Moira E. McCarthy, a native of Boston, as NR CNIC commander.
The ceremony was presided by Vice Adm. Mary M. Jackson, commander of CNIC, included the presentation of colors by the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard.
“The Reserve Component of more than 3,500 Sailors across the entire shore enterprise expect and deserve a leader of remarkable skill and ability – someone who can shift seamlessly from citizen to Sailor,” said Jackson. “Over the past two years, I have witnessed Capt. McCarthy and the entire Reserve unit help sustain the Fleet, enable the Fighter and support the Families as part of the Navy our nation needs.”
Jackson also expressed her confidence in Mitchell stating, “There is no doubt that you are the right leader for the job. From serving on board USS San Francisco and as a manpower analyst for the submarine community, to mobilizing in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and overseeing operational watch stander support, and maintenance of the C4I infrastructure in your current position at OPNAV Naval Reserve Support, I am confident that you will take the CNIC Reserve Component to the next level.”
Following Jackson’s remarks, McCarthy was awarded the Legion of Merit for leading 54 Reserve headquarter personnel, more than 2,000 naval security forces, and more than 200 Fire and Emergency Services personnel. Additionally, she revamped the activation roles of the Reserve Crisis Action Team which provided more than 7,600 hours of operational support during nine national crisis from Dec. 20017 to Nov. 2019.
“The people who truly deserve the recognition and applause today are the women and men of the Navy Reserve CNIC Headquarters unit, the 10 region operations command units, five Fire and Emergency Services detachments and the 72 Navy security force units,” said McCarthy. “They are the ones who day in and day out ensure CNIC and our Navy accomplish their missions worldwide.”
McCarthy’s proudest achievement during her tour was, “bringing the CNIC Reserve enterprise together as a more cohesive whole that fosters professional development, enables its leaders, and is always ready to execute the Headquarters, fire and emergency services, and navy security force missions,” she added.
McCarthy’s new assignment will be at NR NATO Detachment Washington, serving as the chief of staff.
Prior to taking command at NR CNIC, Mitchell was the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and military Intelligence manager for Naval Operations (OPNAV) Reserve Support.
Closing the ceremony, Mitchell addressed NR CNIC Headquarters for the first time as the commanding officer.
“To the members of Navy Reserve CNIC HQ, I will do my best to provide the leadership and support that you need to fulfill your duties, so that together we can meet our mission requirements to the supported command,” said Mitchell. “At the same time, I am looking forward to learning from you, as this will be my first opportunity to work with some of your communities and areas of specialty. I only ask that you also provide your best effort and for you to leverage all your skills from your Navy and civilian experience.”
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