By Regina Adams, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington held a change of command ceremony Aug. 8 in Washington, D.C.
Capt. Antonio Edmonds, CEC, USN, relieved Capt. Kenneth Branch, CEC, USN, during a ceremony held at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.
"I consider it an absolute privilege to serve in Command and am extremely grateful for the opportunity," said Edmonds. To his new workforce, he said, "My job is and will be to help you accomplish your jobs; To help you deliver the most effective facilities, engineering, contracting, environmental and public works support."
Edmonds becomes the sixth commanding officer of NAVFAC Washington since its establishment July 2004. He will fill a dual role, as NAVFAC Washington commanding officer and as Naval District Washington regional engineer.
NAVFAC Washington's workforce of approximately 1,600 civilian and military personnel provide a full range of facilities and engineering products and services to Navy, Marine Corps and other federal agencies in Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia.
A native of Elmira, New York, Edmonds has Bachelors degrees in Industrial Engineering and English from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.
The official party included NAVFAC Atlantic Commander Rear Adm. Doug Morton, NAVFAC Pacific Commander Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, Naval District Washington Commandant Rear Adm. Markham Rich and U.S. Navy Chaplain Capt. Gary Clore.
A retirement ceremony immediately following the change of command celebrated Branch's 29-year Navy career.
"When someone asks what I did in the Navy, I will simply say, 'I was a Seabee,'" said Branch. "I have had the privilege to be a platoon commander, a company commander, an officer in charge, an operations officer, a battalion commander and a task force commander; all great jobs where I could be with troops building, fighting and helping people in need."