Captain Pete Lynch was relieved of his duties on Wednesday at the change of command ceremony.
Accepting his position as the new Commanding Officer is John Heckmann.
It was a bittersweet day.
John Heckmann was the S3 in NMCB-5 when Mike was in battalion in Port Hueneme 97-99.
His wife, Lisa, was a dear friend - and their daughter, Hannah was in my little daycare program
a couple mornings a week.
So, for this reason, I was excited to have Lisa heading to the island of Guam.
Sadly, Lisa coming, means Melanie leaving.
Melanie and I have a lot in common
and she is just easy to be around.
Her company is always enjoyable
and her middle son, Daniel, and Isaac are great friends too.
|Daniel, Isaac and Ryan|
The ceremony went perfectly.
Rear Admiral Gregory is an amazing speaker.
Additionally, Capt. Lynch's remarks to Melanie were so sweet that most of the ladies in the crowd had to double blink away a tear or two.
The reception afterwards provided a chance for most of the wardroom to socialize a bit with some great food at Molly McGee's.
Here are some photos of our CEC peeps!
|Debbie and Phil Cyr|
|Danielle and Rob Brown|
|Matt and Tracy Pine|
|Jaime and Jason Fahy|
|Stephanie and Rob Leftwich|
|Witt Featherston and Lauren Cook|
|Cheryl and Russ Pile|
|Tony and Laurie Scott (his wife Anita was there too!)|
|Keith and Jill Barton|
|Kristen and Jay Krushinski|
|Melissa and Donald Brus|
Summer in the military means people are coming
and going - so more good-byes are on the horizon,
but it's always fun to share some good food
and some laughs in the meantime.