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CAPT. John Ward relieved Capt. Richard Wood of duty as Commanding Officer of Naval Base Guam (NBG) yesterday at a change of command ceremony held in the Big Screen Theater on the base.
Capt. Ward assumed the responsibility of overseeing the operations of the base and upholding the NBG mission.
In passing on his command, Capt. Wood is also passing on a set of challenges to the new commander.
“I think the biggest challenge is simply realizing that this base is so important to what the Navy does and to the island economy. Just the day-to-day running of such a complex organization is such a challenge,” Wood said.
He added: “If people aren’t paying attention to it, things can go wrong pretty quickly. On the other hand, the local workforce combined with the Navy works together so well, that we accomplish so many positive things. But staying on top of that, I think, is the biggest challenge.”
At the ceremony, Wood was also awarded the Legion of Merit, a medal awarded to those who have demonstrated exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
Previously, Capt. Ward had served as Military Special Assistant for Electronic Warfare Systems and Director, Operational Test & Evaluation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington D.C.