Article by LT Eric Jensen, CPRW-10 Public Affairs
OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 10 held a change of command ceremony in Hangar 6 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, Nov. 10.
The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that formally restates the continuity of the authority of command. . Captain Brett Mietus was relieved by Captain Robert Patrick as commodore of CPRW-10. Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group (CPRG), was the keynote speaker at the event.
Cozad hit the high points of how NAS Whidbey Island and CPRW-10 are great benefactors of the great community of Oak Harbor, with Mayor Robert Severns in attendance. He continued with how we need to, as a community, continue to focus on how we operate, fight and win. Cozad commended Mietus for his humility, recalling the days when he was Mietus’ former reporting officer, and Mietus’ continued press for improvements in performance in leadership, as well as the exceptional care for Sailors and their families.
During his speech, Mietus showed great gratitude to CPRG leadership, squadron leadership, the “Delemus Tribe” at CPRW-10, industry partners and to his family for the awesome things that happened during his tenure at NASWI, saying “this doesn’t just happen”. Mietus spoke of the enormity of CPRW-10’s impact, as MPRF mans the front lines, finds, fixes, tracks and targets contacts of interest and fly the sea lanes. He lauded how our efforts enable power projection, builds better relationships around the world and keeps our country safe. For his parting words, Mietus said, “As the men and women of Wing 10, we do it better than anyone else.”
Cozad presented Mietus with the Legion of Merit Award and CPRW-10 Command Master Chief John Hermandorfer presented Mietus with the broad command pennant on behalf of all the chief petty officers with CPRW-10.
Prior to assuming command of CPRW-10, Patrick served as the deputy executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations.
Patrick told the audience that he is honored and humbled to be the next Commodore of CPRW-10, calling it an exceptional warfighting force.