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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
100920-N-3241S-170 GROTON, Conn. (September 20, 2010) – Cmdr.
Dennis Boyer stands ready to be relieved by Cmdr. Roger Meyer during
Miami’s change of command ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class
submarine Sept. 20. Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander
Submarine Group 2, received the official report of the change of command.
U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia Schaefer.

USS Miami Changes Leadership

GROTON, Conn. – Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755) conducted a change of command ceremony Sept. 20 onboard the submarine at Naval Submarine Base New London.

Cmdr. Dennis Boyer turned over command of Miami to Cmdr. Roger Meyer.

Retired Capt. Stephen Marr, a former Commanding Officer of USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716), where Boyer served as Executive Officer, spoke about Boyer’s leadership and excellence in command.

“I attended the last Miami change of command and walked away impressed,” said Marr. “My only question was how Dennis makes a great act better. During his years in command, he has done just that.”

During Boyer’s tour as commanding officer, Miami completed an historic eight month, multi-mission deployment to the European Command area of responsibility, for which the submarine received a Navy Unit Commendation (NUC). Boyer also developed a team-based work environment that consistently exceeded expectations and ultimately resulted in Miami earning the Submarine Squadron FOUR Communications “C” and Supply Blue “E” awards for 2008 as well as the Tactical “T,” Medical “M,” and Retention Excellence Awards for 2009. 

As he prepared to turn over command, Boyer reminded the crew of her importance to the Navy’s mission.

“Our people are our most precious resource.  Use them wisely ,” said Boyer. “You are the finest Sailors I know.  I am proud to be your Commanding Officer and look forward to your future successes.”

Boyer, a native of DeSoto, Mo and a 1989 graduate of Auburn University, will next serve as Deputy Commander, Submarine Squadron Seven.  Boyer's post-graduate accomplishments include a Masters of Education from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. 

Marr told Meyer that being in command is the best job in the world and that he would do a great job.

“It is the highest honor to assume this responsibility today,” said Meyer. “To the crew, thank you for your hard work and commitment to the mission. It is the commitment from you which makes this submarine and its success possible. As we begin a new chapter in Miami’s history, we will continue to be the frontline asset, performing the countries missions at the exceptional standard.”

Meyer, a native of Blue Grass, Iowa, previously served as Navigation/Operations Officer aboard USS Tennessee (SSBN 734) Blue and USS Hartford (SSN 768). He also served as Executive Officer on board USS Charlotte (SSN 766). he's a 1992 graduate of Iowa State University.  meyer also earned a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Utah.

 

100920-N-3241S-105 GROTON, Conn. (September 20, 2010) – Master Chief Electronics Technician Edward Durrua, USS Miami (SSN 755) Chief of the Boat; Lt. Anthony Williams, Miami Navigation Officer; and Chief Electronics Technician Larry Kuffel, Miami Assistant Navigator, stand at parade rest during Miami’s change of command ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine Sept. 20.  During the ceremony, Cmdr. Roger Meyer assumed command of the vessel from Cmdr. Dennis Boyer. U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia Schaefer.

 

 

100920-N-3241S-161 GROTON, Conn. (September 20, 2010) – Master Chief Electronics Technician Edward Durrua, USS Miami (SSN 755) Chief of the Boat, marches to the podium to present the commissioning pennant to Cmdr. Dennis Boyer during Miami’s change of command ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine Sept. 20.  During the ceremony, Cmdr. Roger Meyer assumed command of the vessel from Cmdr. Dennis Boyer. U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia Schaefer.

 

 

100920-N-3241S-186 GROTON, Conn. (September 20, 2010) – Cmdr. Dennis Boyer departs the USS Miami (SSN 755) after the Miami’s change of command ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine Sept. 20. During the ceremony, he was relieved of command of the vessel from Cmdr. Roger Meyer. U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia Schaefer.

 

 

100920-N-3241S-189 GROTON, Conn. (September 20, 2010) – Cmdr. Roger Meyer departs the USS Miami (SSN 755) after the Miami’s change of command ceremony aboard the Los Angeles-class submarine Sept. 20. During the ceremony, he assumed command of the vessel from Cmdr. Dennis Boyer. U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia Schaefer.