Lawmakers Might Have to Pass CR, What to Expect Running FEMA Loads, and more

Jul 12, 2019 | NDTAGram

MSC’s Change of Command

Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer recently relieved Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne as commander, Military Sealift Command, during a change of command ceremony aboard the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Burlington (T-EPF 10) at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

Mewbourne assumed command of MSC Aug. 25, 2016, overseeing the on-time logistics, strategic sealift and specialized missions that MSC conducts around the world, 24/7, 365 days a year.

During his tenure, Mewbourne, and his staff devoted significant effort in developing and executing a plan to adapt to the changing operational environment and keep MSC ahead of competitors and potential adversaries. He focused on operationalizing MSC to align with changes to Fleet and Joint warfighting doctrine, and implemented programs and processes to assess the holistic readiness of our ships. Additionally, he identified capability and capacity gaps using wargaming and simulation and based on those results, provided our Mariners with realistic, relevant and challenging tactical training.

NDTA thanks Admiral Mewbourne for his service to our nation and his work with NDTA, and sends a hearty ‘welcome aboard’ to Admiral Wettlaufer. Read more on MSC’s Change of Command. Or you can watch video of the ceremony (including a shout out to NDTA at 45:40) on MSC’s Facebook page.


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Find NDTA chapter events on the NDTA CALENDAR.


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