From NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) held a change of command and retirement ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, July 23.
Capt. Michael P. Oestereicher relieved Capt. Robert A. McLean as commanding officer, NAVFAC EURAFSWA.
Rear Adm. John C. Scorby, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, gave the change of command ceremony's keynote address. In his remarks, Scorby acknowledged McLean's significant accomplishments, praised him for his commitment to the U.S. Navy, and embodiment of the core values - honor, courage and commitment.
"I am sure you would be the first to credit the members of your talented staff, many of whom are in the audience today, with these achievements," said Scorby. "But I submit that organizational success, especially across such a broad and diverse enterprise, is born from strong leadership, and your contributions to these efforts were second to none."
McLean was relieved by Oestereicher, a submarine combat warfare officer, Navy nuclear engineer and professional engineer. Oestereicher most recently served as the executive officer, NAVFAC EURAFSWA, and prior to that was the public works officer (PWO) at Public Works Department Diego Garcia.
A 1991 graduate of the University of Colorado, he also served as assistant resident officer in charge, Port Hueneme, California, PWO, Naval Base Point Loma, California, and as assistant regional engineer, Navy Region Southwest.
"Capt. Oestereicher your experience here as executive officer makes you ideally suited to take the helm and take NAVFAC EURAFSWA to even greater levels of success," remarked Scorby. "I know I speak for all of us when I say that we are all looking forward to working with you. You have already established a fantastic reputation here and I know you are eager to get started."
Oestereicher expressed his enthusiasm to take command from McLean.
"Team NAVFAC EURAFSWA, I cannot articulate how excited I am to be able to continue to work with you to overcome both the known challenges and the curve balls that will, undoubtedly, be thrown our way over the next two years," said Oestereicher. "Your hard work, professionalism and dedication are unsurpassed and I am honored to be your commanding officer. May God continue to bless the team here at NAVFAC EURAFSWA, the Navy, our allies, and our grateful nations."
Rear Adm. Louis Cariello, commander, NAVFAC Atlantic provided the retirement ceremony's keynote address. In his speech, Cariello recounted McLean's numerous assignments and superb contributions during his years of service to the U.S. Navy.
"I want you to know you've made a tremendous difference for a lot of people around the world over the past 3 decades. You have made some great things happen everywhere you've been; more importantly I think, you have positively influenced, inspired and developed scores of others who have gone on to contribute to making more great things happen," said Cariello. "As you retire officially today from active duty service in your country's Navy, having been part of something extremely meaningful, know that you have made the world a better place."
McLean left NAVFAC EURAFSWA and retired honorably from the U.S. Navy after serving more than 30 years. McLean, a professional engineer, Seabee combat warfare officer, Fleet Marine Force officer and naval parachutist has previously served as commanding officer of NAVFAC Far East in Okinawa, Japan; the 22nd Naval Construction Regiment; and of Naval Support Facility Thurmont, Maryland (Camp David), among other assignments.
"The team I am proudest of is the team here at NAVFAC EURAFSWA. The policy folks can talk about the pivot to the Pacific but, for the shore enterprise, this is where the action is. What the collective team has done in the face of austere standards, budget sequestration, hiring freezes and furloughs, is truly remarkable," said McLean. "You have my heartfelt thanks and my greatest respect."
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 (DoD) and NATO commands in countries throughout Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia where the Navy is the DoD lead agent for military construction.