By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic held a change of command ceremony July 11 at the Pennsylvania House onboard Naval Station Norfolk.
Capt. J. Pat Rios relieved Capt. John W. Korka as commanding officer.
Korka, who has been NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic commanding officer since August 2012, will transfer to Naval Expeditionary Combat Command to serve as the deputy commander. He holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Old Dominion University and Pennsylvania State University.
"I was deeply honored and privileged to serve as your commanding officer," said Korka. "Your loyalty and ceaseless energy resounded across the command every day and served as the catalyst for allowing NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic to execute what is important to the fleet."
In his remarks, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith lauded Korka's leadership in guiding NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic in executing $2.3 billion in contracts, maintenance and facilities support.
"Capt. Korka is an operational, mission-focused leader," said Commander, NAVFAC Atlantic, Rear Adm. Louis V. Cariello. "He led NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic through some monumental and unique challenges and circumstances over the last two years."
Rios comes to NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic from Naval Installations Command, where he served as director of facilities and environmental. He holds bachelor's degree from The Citadel and a master's degree in environmental engineering from George Washington University.
"I believe in people," said Rios. "The Navy can't succeed without us and we can't support the Navy without our people. We work in a people centric business and I believe that everyone comes to work wanting to succeed and do what's best for the Navy."