Commander, Task Force 67 Changes Hands in Sigonella
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Gary A. Prill, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East Detachment Europe
SIGONELLA, Italy – Commander, Task Force (CTF) 67 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Sigonella, July 5.
During the ceremony, Capt. Daniel Schebler turned over command to Capt. Michael McClintock.
“The Navy change of command ceremony is deep in history and tradition, there’s not a singular moment that defines the day,” said Capt. Schebler. “This ceremony is a celebration of everything we have achieved as a task force. It’s a day to look back and be proud, but more importantly a day to look forward to the future.”
Following Capt. Schebler’s remarks, Rear Adm. Kenneth “K. J.” Norton, deputy chief of staff for strategy, resources and plans at U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, recognized Capt. Schebler’s accomplishments and presented him with a Legion of Merit before and introducing the incoming commodore.
“Commodore Schebler has been exceptional. And any good leader will tell you the true measure of success isn’t how well they perform, but how well their Sailors perform. Capt. Schebler was always the first to point to his Sailors, and remind me that it is they who have truly earned the accolades,” said Rear Adm. Norton. “We now welcome the new commodore, Capt. McClintock, who is most certainly qualified for the position. In his rich career, he has served admirably in patrol squadrons, on ships and ashore.”
After Capt. McClintock assumed command, he thanked Capt. Schebler and greeted his new staff.
“Thanks to all of those who have supported us, especially team Sigonella and task force 67,” said Capt. McClintock. “Commodore Schebler, you have left an amazing legacy in your wake. Thank you for the time you have afforded me during this transition. I look forward to the leadership and expertise the task force has to offer over the coming years.”
U.S. Sixth Fleet’s CTF 67 is responsible for tactical control of deployed maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadrons throughout the European and African area of responsibility. Their P-3C Orion aircraft provide the fleet with essential information during times of peace and conflict.