NCTAMS PAC holds change of command

(Via Ho’okele News)

Capt. John L. MacMichael Jr. (right) congratulates Capt. William A. Dodge Jr. after Dodge assumed command of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific during the command's 53rd change of command ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by ET2 Jeffery Maine

Capt. John L. MacMichael Jr. (right) congratulates Capt. William A. Dodge Jr. after Dodge assumed command of Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific during the command’s 53rd change of command ceremony. U.S. Navy photo by ET2 Jeffery Maine

Lt. j.g. Marc Sunby

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific Public Affairs

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTAMS PAC) held the command’s 53rd change of command ceremony Feb. 7 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wahiawa Annex.

Capt. William A. Dodge Jr. relieved Capt. John L. MacMichael Jr. as commanding officer.

MacMichael, who assumed command of NCTAMS PAC in October 2011, led 1,700 personnel in four subordinate commands.

“As I reflect on 27 months in command at NCTAMS PAC and 25 years of naval service, I am amazed at the opportunities for leadership in the Navy,” said MacMichael.

“From ship handling during the first and second Persian Gulf Wars, flying in the E-2C Hawkeye over Afghanistan post 9-11, serving in Iraq, and becoming an information professional, I have been blessed with adventure coupled with technical and leadership challenges.”

“I remain eye-wateringly humbled by the technical proficiency, skill and sense of duty displayed by the Sailors, civilians and contractors I worked along-side during my tenure as commanding officer at NCTAMS PAC. I can think of no higher calling,” MacMichael added.

MacMichael, who was retiring, was the guest speaker and presented his son with the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service from October 2011 to February 2014 and thanked him for his service to the Navy and to the United States.

“I am pleased to see that although the means and methods at NCTAMS PAC have changed, the communication’s mission and tradition of superb support to the fleet and professionalism continues undiminished to this day. I take great pride in presenting this recognition of your naval service, and I know your grandfather shares that as well,” said MacMichael.

He served operational tours as a surface warfare officer and E-2C naval flight officer before transitioning to the IP community.

During this time, he achieved his surface warfare officer and naval flight officer designations as well as officer of the deck (afloat), engineering officer of the watch, and strike lead qualifications. He completed eight operational deployments as a SWO and NFO.

As an information professional officer, MacMichael held the following assignments: NIOC Norfolk, combat systems officer; USS Nimitz (CVN 68), chief staff officer; Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic, theater C4I director, Iraq Joint Operating Area; and director for the office of compliance and assessment, Navy Network Warfare Command.

MacMichael’s military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), four Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other unit and service awards, including campaign medals.

Dodge has had a unique career that started with an enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984.

After achieving the rank of private first class, he accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and is a 1989 graduate from that institution.

He earned his naval flight officer wings in 1990 and served in combat operations in three different aircraft before re-designating as an information warfare officer.

Dodge deployed to Afghanistan for a year-long individual augmentation assignment for JIATF 435.

His other notable assignments include U.S. 5th Fleet staff, CNO’s staff, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff, and CO of Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island.

Dodge’s military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals (one with Combat “V” and five Strike/Flight awards), Joint Service Commen-dation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commen-dation Medals (one with Combat “V”), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other unit and service awards, including campaign medals.

NCTAMS PAC’s mission is to provide the operational platform with information-secure and reliable, classified and unclassified voice, messaging, video and data telecommunications to U.S. naval, joint, interagency, and coalition operating forces worldwide.

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