USS Antietam Food Service holds Change of Command Reception

March 25, 2014 | By scnewsltr
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S2 Leadership picture from left to right shows: CSC Mandy Francisco, Lt. Brij Mohan (SUPPO), Capt. Thomas Disy (Outgoing CO), and Ens. Erickson Barrientos (FSO). Finally, the last picture shows the Change of Command cake between two ice sculptures made by CS2 Torry Anderson. On Dec. 12, 2013, Capt. Michael A. McCartney relieved Capt. Thomas C. Disy as commanding officer of USS Antietam (CG 54), the Air Warfare Commander of Battle Force 7th Fleet.  The ceremony took place on the flight deck, while moored at Fleet Activities Yokosuka.  The event was filled with honored Navy traditions, profound speeches and concluded with a phenomenal reception in the hangar bay.  The reception menu consisted of steamship round, chicken wings, shrimp cocktail, and a change of command cake centered between two ice sculptures.  “The Supply Department did an outstanding job, what a reception!” commented Capt. Neil Williams, assigned to Commander Task Force 70, to Lt. Brij Mohan, Antietam’s Supply Officer.  “The execution was flawless and the set up was above expectations for a small boy,” said CSC(SW) Mandy Francisco, leading culinary specialist. The event was a great opportunity to show off the skills of Supply Department Sailors to Commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet commander, Rear Adm. Mark C. Montgomery, Capt. Paul Lyons, Commander Destroyer Squadron Fifteen, and numerous commanding officers.  “This is a great ship with a great crew,” stated Capt. Disy.  “To the entire Antietam crew,” replied Capt. McCartney, “Thank you for putting forth an outstanding effort to prepare and execute this change of command ceremony. You are the heart and soul of this mighty warship.” Antietam returned from patrol one week prior to the change of command, during which they participated in three joint training exercises with regional partners, conducted four goodwill port visits, and provided humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Republic of the Philippines during Operation Damayan.

By Ens. Erickson R. Barrientos, Food Service Officer