NSSC New London Changes Commanders
GROTON, Conn. – Command of Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) New London changed hands during a ceremony on Feb. 18 at Naval Submarine Base’s Shepherd of the Sea Chapel.
Cmdr. Timothy P. Kollmer relieved Cmdr. Bryan C. Still as commanding officer of NSSC, which provides support to Submarine Squadrons 2 and 4 and Submarine Development Squadron 12 at Naval Submarine Base New London.
During Still’s tour as commanding officer, NSSC improved its quality of support to submarines and staffs. Also it increased efficiency in supporting submarine operations, maintenance and repair, setting a new standard for shore-based submarine support.
“Bryan’s responsible leadership behind-the-scenes allowed submarine commanding officers to focus on the operational readiness of his crew,” said guest speaker Capt. Frank Lowery, Chief of Staff of Submarine Group 2.
Calling him a “remarkable, gifted and talented officer,” Lowery presented Still with his second Meritorious Service Medal. In the award, Still was cited for using “innovative initiatives, novel ideas and strategic partnerships to put NSSC at the forefront of dramatic changes to the Submarine Force and New London waterfront.”
During the ceremony, Still praised NSSC’s staff, which he led since February 2009, and other organizations that supported submarines in Groton.
“You amaze me with your dedication, enthusiasm and professionalism. Thanks to your efforts, ships were appropriately manned, and critical gaps and shortfalls were quickly addressed,” said Still, referring to NSSC.
“I’ve been consistently impressed by the spirit of cooperation and sense of shared purpose that animates organizations on Submarine Base New London,” Still continued. “Working together with our sub base partners and other organizations across the submarine force, we have accomplished far more than we would have otherwise accomplished alone.”
Still, a native of Joplin, Mo., will next attend the Naval War College.
After assuming command, Kollmer turned to Still and thanked him “for turning over such a dedicated and professional group of Sailors.” Then he turned and spoke directly to the staff.
“You should take great pride in your contributions to our submarine force here in Groton. Mostly working behind-the-scenes, you provide the critical support services that truly enhance the war fighting capabilities of these submarines,” said Kollmer.
The scope of NSSC’s support includes administrative and personnel; legal; religious; operations; supply; communications; personnel security; information systems; weapons systems maintenance and modernization; weapons handling; and, medical.
Kollmer, a native of Ronkonkoma, NY, previously served as the Deputy Commander for Readiness for Submarine Squadron 2. He also served as Executive Officer aboard USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) BLUE and Engineering Officer aboard USS Maryland (SSBN 738) GOLD.
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- 110218-N-AW342-057 GROTON, Conn. (Feb 18, 2011)
- Capt. Frank Lowery, Submarine Group 2 Chief of Staff, awards Cmdr. Bryan C. Still with the the Meritorious Service Medal during the Naval Submarine Support Center change of command ceremony held at the Shepherd of the Sea Chapel. Still was relieved by Cmdr. Timothy P. Kollmer during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photograph
- by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/RELEASED)
- 110218-N-AW342-078 GROTON, Conn. (Feb 18, 2011)
- CMDCM(SS) David Collins presents Cmdr. Bryan C. Still with the command flag during the Naval Submarine Support Center change of command ceremony held at the Shepherd of the Sea Chapel. Still was relieved by Cmdr. Timothy P. Kollmer during the ceremony. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/RELEASED)
110218-N-AW342-093 GROTON, Conn. (Feb. 18, 2011) Cmdr. Timothy P. Kollmer, left, relieves Cmdr. Bryan C. Still as Commander of Naval Submarine Support Center (NSSC) New London while Capt. Frank Lowery, Chief of Staff, Submarine Group 2, applauds during a ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London's Shepherd of the Sea Chapel. (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/RELEASED)