Change of Command Ceremony
Hundreds witnessed one of the most significant Change of Commands today at the Stennis Space Center.
After three years of serving as the commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command for the United States Navy, Admiral Timothy Gallaudet is retiring. He says he is excited about the change of command and looks forward to Admiral John Okon taking over. “I couldn’t be more happy and proud. I think our command here at Stennis Space Center has never been a better position and the new commander, Admiral John Okon, is the right guy for the job and he is going to take everything that we have done and keep it moving forward.”
Admiral Okon is no stranger to South Mississippi and is excited to be moving back. He says this will allow him to be directly involved in the communities along the Gulf Coast. “It feels like coming back home. It really does. Valerie and I were here back in the late 90s and coming back we just had the same friends, same family, and what’s most important and what we felt right away when we got on the Coast is the love that the Gulf Coast and Mississippi has for the Navy.”
Not only is this a significant change for Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, but for Mississippi as well. Today’s Change of Command was for the highest ranking officer in the state of Mississippi.
Gallaudet says his greatest accomplishment while in command were advancements in technology and he looks forward to Admiral Okon continuing this. “That’s really where we have a special capability and we’ve advance it quite significantly and those were focus areas of mine. You’ll see our U.S. Navy and military using those capabilities, unmanned systems and super computers and high performance computing more and more in the future,” said Admiral Gallaudet.
Admiral Gallaudet is considering a few positions in the government and will be announcing more in the future.