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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, July 31.
Capt. Robert A. McLean relieved Capt. Thomas G. Morris as commanding officer, NAVFAC EURAFSWA.
Rear Adm. Anthony E. Gaiani, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia gave the ceremony's keynote address. In his remarks, Gaiani praised Morris for his professionalism and quick adaptation in carrying out the NAVFAC EURAFSWA responsibilities.
"In the short time he's [Morris] been here, he's been responsible for huge amounts of work, ranging from support to forward deployed Naval Forces, to strategic lay down in Southwest Asia, to the enormous expansion of infrastructure in Africa, to the planned construction of new installations in Romania and Poland, all of which together are an enormous body of work to take on in such a short time," said Gaiani.
Morris left NAVFAC EURAFSWA and will return to NAVFAC Atlantic as the deputy commander of operations. Morris, a professional engineer and Seabee combat warfare officer, has previously served as commanding officer of Naval Construction Training Center in Port Hueneme, Calif. and as assistant chief of staff for Plans, Policy and Doctrine of Commander First Naval Construction Division, among other assignments.
"It was a great opportunity to work with the entire NAVFAC EURAFSWA team," said Morris. "You've been a great team to work with and I am privileged to have been part of it. I know you will continue to provide the same level of extraordinary service under the leadership of Capt. McLean."
Morris was relieved by McLean, another Seabee combat warfare officer and professional engineer. McLean most recently served as the deputy director, Shore Readiness Division, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. A 1985 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, he also served as commanding officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Far East, commander, 22nd Naval Construction Regiment, and as commanding officer, Naval Support Facility, Thurmont, Maryland (Camp David).
McLean expressed his excitement to take command from Morris.
"To the NAVFAC family here today, I am excited to have this opportunity to lead and be a part of your team," said McLean. "While these unparalleled levels of operational requirements amidst fiscal constraints may generate some rough waters, we will navigate through them with an unwavering focus on mission, a reliance on our fundamental business practices and core values, and leveraging the real strength of our team - you and your incredible talent and dedication."
NAVFAV EURAFSWA executes approximately $600 million-a-year in construction, professional engineering and facilities services for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense and NATO commands in countries throughout Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia where the Navy is the DoD lead agent for military construction.