Seabee base welcomes new commanding officer
Celebrating a transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one leader to the next, the Seabee Base hosted the formal Change in Command Ceremony this morning.
The brave men and women who defend our nation need a strong home-front and overseeing that takes a strong leader. Captain Cheryl Hansen has been commanding officer at the Navy Base in Gulfport for just over two years. Friday, it was time to transfer that duty. “Our job is logistics, training, and readiness of support to those troops so that number one they’re ready to deploy when they need to, ready to execute their mission and while they’re gone, they know they’re families are taken care of.”
State officials, leaders, Navy personnel, and civilians gathered for the Change of Command Ceremony to welcome Captain Bill Whitmire as the new commanding authority. Captain Whitmire was stationed on the Coast from 2012 to 2014. He tells News 25 he’s excited to be back. “When you come to the Gulf Coast here, you’re family from day one. For those folks who travel as much and often as we do in the military, that’s special.”
During the ceremony Captain Hansen was formally relieved. “Dear Captain Hansen, on behalf of the common wealth, I am pleased to congratulate you and offer my deep appreciation for your 28 years of loyal dedicated service to the United States Navy.”
“You always go out of the military with mixed emotions and all I can say is thank you to this community, thank you to the staff that I’ve worked with and that I’m looking forward to coming back to the Gulf Coast in the future,” said Captain Hansen.
The base’s next commanding officer says he plans to continue the strong support the base gives to operating forces as well as continue to value the support the base is given by our community. “The local community has adopted its military here in a way that I haven’t seen anywhere else and it makes being here just a wonderful experience and I look forward to contributing to that experience and just making it a little bit better.”