US 3rd Fleet Reserve Maritime Air Operations Conducts Change of Command Ceremony

Coronado, California - Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Reserve Maritime Air Operations (MAO) hosted a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, December 7.

Capt. Charles DeGilio relieved Capt. Jack Miller, who will move on to serve as the chief of staff for Commander, Navy Reserve Region Northwest.

Retired Rear Adm. Patrick McGrath, guest speaker for the ceremony, highlighted the importance of Reserve MAO Sailors who provide Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet with an ongoing liaison to Joint Air and Space Operations throughout the 3rd Fleet area of operations.

"This is a unit of over 165 people and is part of a reserve force of over 300 people who support the commander of your U.S. Third Fleet in his responsibilities relating to 50 million square miles of ocean," said McGrath.

Miller's commanding officer assignments include Navy Reserve Navy Information Operations Command San Diego, Tactical Air Control Squadron 1294 and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Maritime Operations Center Detachment. Miller assumed command of the 3rd Fleet Reserve MAO in December 2011.

"I am honored to be here and to have served with the men and women of Third Fleet MAO for the past two years," said Miller. "You are an outstanding team. You are true professionals and together we have achieved a lot. I know that you will continue that wonderful legacy into the future."

DeGilio's previous assignments include serving as the commanding officer, Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet Reserve MAO Detachment Tucson and as the assistant chief staff officer for operations, Naval Reserve Commander Strike Force Training Pacific. His most recent assignment was serving as the commanding officer of Naval Reserve U.S. Strategic Command, Joint Information Operations Warfare Center.

"Readiness is the reason we're here," said DeGilio. "Remember always that we will continue to maintain a very high level of readiness to support Third Fleet in its many missions."

U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Eastern Pacific from the West Coast of North America to the International Date Line.

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