By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Pedro A. Rodriguez, Naval District Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval District Washington (NDW) received a new commandant June 18 when Rear Adm. Markham K. Rich turned over the command to Rear Adm. Yancy Lindsey at the Washington Navy Yard.
Lindsey, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, became the 89th commandant of Naval District Washington, which is headquartered at the Washington Navy Yard, the oldest continuously operated Navy installation in the country.
Lindsey will also serve as deputy commander of the Joint Forces Headquarters National Capital Region.
Rich became the 88th commandant in 2013. During his time at NDW, Rich lead a workforce of more than 3,500 military and civilian personnel at five Navy and one joint installation. Additionally, he hosted the foreign Naval Attache Corps and personally oversaw all ceremonies featuring foreign dignitaries at the Washington Navy Yard, known as the "quarterdeck of the Navy," on behalf of the chief of naval operations.
During the ceremony, Rich recognized those he has worked with throughout his time at NDW and in his personal life.
"The first person I am going to recognize is the most important -- my wife Brook, who is the absolute anchor of our family," said Rich. "It was no accident that we came here and for the last two years you have worked as hard for the Navy and especially for Navy families as anybody who actually gets paid for it ... You are a natural leader and my most trusted adviser in pretty much everything."
Rich thanked the NDW leadership and reflected on his time as NDW commandant.
"In any leadership position, there's nothing better than to have a leadership team who not only understands and accepts, but actually embraces your vision and your direction," said Rich. "I consider myself so fortunate on that front. You took my priorities onboard and made them your own and delivered."
Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Installations Command, presented Rich with the Legion of Merit for his able and dedicated leadership of NDW from June 2013 to June 2015.
Prior to reporting to NDW, Lindsey commanded Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117 "Wallbangers," earning the Battle Efficiency Award and completing an Arabian Gulf deployment aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commanded Naval Base Coronado in California, a consortium of eight Navy installations and served as Navy Region Southwest chief of staff. He most recently served as the executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations, and Environment
"Admiral Rich, Brook, thanks so much for the in-depth and complete turnover. Safe travels and best wishes for a fun and meaningful tour in Navy Region Southwest," said Lindsey. "Naval District Washington, it's an honor and a privilege to serve with you in this storied and historic place. Thank you for your commitment and dedication. What you do each and every day is important to our Navy and our nation,"
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