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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 

A Bittersweet Farewell for Submarine Group 2’s Command Master Chief

Groton, Conn. – Command Master Chief (CMDCM) Rafael Perez will say goodbye to Submarine Group 2 (CSG2) and its waterfront Sailors Feb. 18. He will be relieved by CMDCM Wesley K. Koshoffer, Submarine Development Squadron 12’s Command Master Chief, before transferring to USS New York (LPD 21).

Perez’s job as the Command Master Chief (CMC) is to work with the submarine squadrons and major commands CMCs to ensure that enlisted personnel are supported and developed both professionally and personally.

“I have the best job in the world,” said Perez. “I got to meet so many different Sailors and worked with the senior enlisted leadership.  I also got to visit the ships and find out what’s really happening at the deck plate. I’ve really enjoyed working with each and every one of them. “

Upon arriving in December 2008, Perez worked to enhance the working relationship between all the CMCs.

“I have such a great relationship with the current squadron master chiefs that there was never an instance where we could not put our heads together, figure out the problem and make Group 2 better.”

Perez leaves the submarine force to expand his naval career as a surface Sailor.

“It’s bittersweet,” commented Perez. “I loved my 24 years in the submarine force…for me to leave is like leaving my brothers behind. But I’m excited about the opportunity of the new challenges and the new experiences that I’m going to come across.”

Perez will not be going to just any ship. As a proud native of the Bronx in New York, the USS New York holds a special meaning for him.

“In my opinion, the New York is the most important ship in the Navy,” stated Perez. “There’s no other ship that represents what the state of New York represents. There is no other ship that has a piece of history in its hull. There were people who died in the horrific attack (on 9/11), and their souls, their blood is in that metal…It is overwhelming. It is an incredible honor. It is the only ship I would leave the submarine force for.”

As a squadron master chief, Koshoffer often worked with Perez.

“Perez is obviously a very talented leader and a large personality in the area. I have big shoes to fill as I come up here to take his job,” said Koshoffer. “He’s done a phenomenal job.  He’s at the pinnacle of his career and the top of his game. Now he’s found a new level to go to - something completely new, completely different, and it’s got to be very exciting for him.”

Koshoffer, a native of Newport, R.I., joined the Navy in March 1989. He brings more than two decades of naval experience to the job.

Koshoffer is also no stranger to the Groton area.  He did a tour as chief of the boat (COB) on USS Alexandria (SSN 757) and was the command master chief of submarine school before assuming his job at Squadron 12.

“I have my very best friend in the submarine force relieving me,” said Perez, “so I know Group 2 is in great hands. He is the best example of a command master chief that I could think of. I just know that I am leaving the group with a man who cares just as much about submariners as I do.”

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GROTON, Conn. - (January 18, 2011) Rear Adm. Michael E. McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group 2, awards CMDCM(SS) Raphael Perez, Command Master Chief, Submarine Group 2, with his end of tour award, a Meritorious Service Medal. Perez received the medal for his meritorious deckplate mentoring, initiative and his experience as a mariner coupled with sound judgement and strength of commitment. He will be relieved by CMDCM(SS) Wesley K. Koshoffer, Command Master Chief, Submarine Development Squadron 12, February 18 and reporting to USS New York (LPD 21). (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer)

GROTON, Conn. - (January 18, 2011) Rear Adm. Michael E. McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group 2, awards CMDCM(SS) Raphael Perez, Command Master Chief, Submarine Group 2, with his end of tour award, a Meritorious Service Medal. Perez received the medal for his meritorious deckplate mentoring, initiative and his experience as a mariner coupled with sound judgement and strength of commitment. He will be relieved by CMDCM(SS) Wesley K. Koshoffer, Command Master Chief, Submarine Development Squadron 12, February 18 and reporting to USS New York (LPD 21).  (U.S. Navy photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer)