BY MCC (EXW/SW/AW) EDWARD KESSLER PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE NAVY EXPEDITIONARY LOGISTICS SUPPORT GROUP
Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group (NAVELSG) held a change of command ceremony Jun. 4 at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown-Cheatham Annex.
Rear Adm. K eith M. Jones relieved Rear Adm. Valerie K . Huegel as commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group.
Special guests in attendance included guest speaker Rear Adm. Frank A. Morneau, commander, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. During the ceremony, Morneau congratulated Huegel on her accomplishments and awarded her the Legion of Merit for exceptional meritorious performance from September 2013 to June 2015.
During Morneau’s speech, he made note of the significance of the day not as it related to the event, but by historical context of the day which marked the 73rd anniversary of the Battle of Midway.
Huegel has served as commander since September 2013. During her time as commander, Huegel directed combat support services capabilities in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Huegel’s next assignment is as director, U.S. Central Command Deployable Distribution Operations Center, Camp Arifjan in K uwait.
“For me, today is bitter sweet as I say goodbye to NAVELSG,” said Huegel, “an organization I have been honored to be a part for 12 of my 34 years in the Navy.”
The ceremony took place in the rain at the landmark site for NAVELSG. Its two land-based, dual-pedestal cranes representing the latest state-of-the art in shipboard crane systems which allow the Navy’s cargo handlers to receive the most relevant, effective and safest shipboard crane training.
Jones’ previous assignment was as Reserve director, Logistics Programs and Business Operations, N41, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He had also been assigned as commander, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group Forward where he also served as the commander, U.S. 5th Fleet Task Group 56.3 at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in support of the final U.S. drawdown from Iraq in Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
“Today is a homecoming of sorts for me” said Jones, “Just three short years ago, I was returning from Kuwait as part of NAVESLG Forward on what was my second tour on the staff here.”
Jones completed his first headquarters tour in the mid 1990s as a Lieutenant Commander.
Huegel and Jones both serve in the Navy Reserve and have served at commands both as Reserve component and active duty Sailors. In his civilian career, Jones works as manager of Corporate Diversity and Inclusion for Toyota Motor Corporation.