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Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Lemoore welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony, Thursday, April 20.

Cmdr. Tommy Edgeworth, from Pageland, S.C. relieved Cmdr. Thomas Decker from Strasburg, Ohio, during the ceremony held at NAS Lemoore Chapel. Decker assumed command, August 2015 and led CNATTU Lemoore during a flawless Training Management Assessment Program and Managers Internal Control Program Inspections. From here, he will report to the Staff of Commander Naval Installations Command, Air Operations (N32), Washington Navy Yard, Washington D.C., May 2017.

Upon his departure, Decker left his command with the following sentiment. “Team, each of you truly is the ‘Best of the Best.’ You have lived up to our motto of ‘perfection is our goal, excellence is accepted.’ I apologize that I may not have been able to provide you enough to achieve perfection; but I know for a fact while each of you were chasing perfection; each of you achieved excellence.”

Edgeworth is the 14th commanding officer to lead CNATTU Lemoore. He has assumed command at a crucial point in the basic phase as the Training Unit prepares to implement “Ready, Relevant, Learning Courses” in support of the Sailor 2025 Navy’s program.

“Today marks an exciting milestone for me and as a Navy Officer,” stated Edgeworth. “There is no greater honor than becoming a Commanding Officer. Thank you for entrusting in me the tremendous responsibility and the honor of leading this outstanding organization. I assure you that my team and I will continue to meet the challenges head-on, no matter the odds.”

CNATTU Lemoore’s mission is to produce Sailors and Marines with the necessary F/A-18 knowledge, skills and abilities to function at the highest technical standards in Naval Aviation maintenance. They not only train the Fleet, the supply the Fleet with the highest quality trained aviation maintenance technicians so commands can perform their primary mission ashore, at sea and in combat.

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