Regional Support Group Changes Commanders
GROTON, Conn. - Capt. Douglas Arnold turned over command of Regional Support Group (RSG) Groton to Capt. Mark VanYe in a change of command ceremony May 24 aboard the Historic Ship Nautilus at the Submarine Force Museum.
RSG Groton serves as Commander, Submarine Force's direct waterfront representative, directing, assigning, and monitoring the accomplishment of intermediate and depot-level repairs and modernizations for the submarine squadrons at Naval Submarine Base New London.
The guest speaker, Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander Submarine Group Two, spoke about Arnold’s leadership and the type of person it takes to effectively manage Groton’s waterfront maintenance programs.
"It’s a person who has vision," McLaughlin said. "He looks for the right answer, not necessarily the easy one. It’s important for us as leaders to follow Doug’s example and allow our teams to meet today’s challenges and rise to the occasion."
While commodore, Arnold, a West Virginia University Class of 1984 graduate, guaranteed sustained submarine combat readiness through superior maintenance vigilance in the New London area.
Arnold, who also holds a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF), spoke about his team of nearly 1,000 Sailors, Department of Defense civilians, and contractors who make up RSG.
"They put their heart and soul into getting submarines repaired right and enabling the crews to do what they need to do for our security,"
said Arnold. "Nowhere else in the world is there such a synergy of talent, dedication, and tenacity. The submarines homeported in Groton will always be materially ready to answer the call."
VanYe expressed his excitement in returning to Groton and joining the RSG team.
"The last time I was here, RSG didn’t exist," VanYe said. "But what hasn’t changed is the skill and dedication of our waterfront workforce. Though they may often be in the background, the abilities of our workforce are truly remarkable. I am glad to be here and am looking forward to leading this remarkable team."
VanYe, a resident of Ledyard, Conn., previously served as Commanding Officer of USS Maryland (SSBN 738)(GOLD). Shore assignments include tours on the staffs of Submarine Squadron Eight and Nineteen, and US Strategic Command Joint Functional Component Command, Global Strike.
100524-N-6665M-153 GROTON, Conn. (May 24, 2010) – The color guard parades the colors for the National Anthem during the Regional Support Group change of command ceremony. During the ceremony, Capt. Douglas Arnold turned over command to Capt. Mark VanYe. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician Second Class Mark Moore.
100524-N-6665M-354 GROTON, Conn. (May 24, 2010) – Capt. Mark VanYe, Commander Regional Support Group Groton, departs through the sideboys following the Regional Support Group change of command ceremony. VanYe assumed command of the group from Capt. Douglas Arnold. U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician Second Class Mark Moore.