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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
Cmdr. Sam Geiger, commanding officer of Toledo (SSN 769), is rendered
honors as he departs USS Toledo after the Toledo change of command
ceremony. Geiger relieved Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp during the
ceremony on board Toledo at Naval Submarine Base New London.
(U.S. Navy Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class
Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

 

USS Toledo Welcomes New Commanding Officer

GROTON, Conn. – A new commanding officer took command of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Toledo (SSN 769) during a change of command ceremony aboard USS Toledo, July 15.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Sam Geiger relieved Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp as commanding officer.

Rear Adm. James Foggo, III, Commander, Submarine Group 8 spoke at the ceremony praising Reckamp for a successful tour. Foggo discussed Reckamp’s performance when they served aboard the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) in 1999.

“The ship performed very well and much success was due to his leadership through several deployments,” said Foggo.

Other distinguished visitors attending the change of command included: Vice Adm. William R. Burke, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics; Rear Adm. Michael McLaughlin, Commander, Submarine Group Two; Capt. Emil Casciano, commanding officer, Submarine Learning Center; and Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve senior staff.

During the ceremony, Reckamp emphasized the value each submariner brings to the overall mission by citing a quote from Adm. Hyman G. Rickover from the “The Rickover Effect”.

“’I believe it is the duty of each of us to act as if the fate of the world depended on him. Admittedly, one man by himself cannot do the job, however, one man can make a difference,’” said Reckamp.

Reckamp also recognized key personnel past and present aboard Toledo who epitomized the value each person brings to the mission and the pivotal role they have performed in Toledo’s history.

“Each and every officer in the wardroom has had more instances of being that one person whose hand is on the tiller of the future of the world with their actions and decisions,” said Reckamp.

During Reckamp’s tour as commanding officer, Toledo completed a deployment to the Central Command and African Command areas of responsibility. Toledo was also awarded the 2010 Battle Efficiency Tactical “T”, Medical “M”, and Damage Control “DC”, and Communication “C” for Submarine Development Squadron 12.

Geiger thanked the distinguished visitors for attending the change of command and echoed his predecessor’s reflections on the importance of each and every submariner to the overall mission.

“I am here [today], because of you and knowing how much I appreciate each and every one of you. It is the deliberate interest you have taken in my personal and professional development over the years that has given the Navy reason to provide me with the honor of standing before you today,” said Geiger. “I am grateful for and humbled by your choice to share in this day, and I am blessed to have a family that supports me in this endeavor.”

Geiger added that the ceremony was not only about the time honored tradition of changing commanding officer's, but to celebrate the Toledo's crew.

“The change of command ceremony provides us with a pause every few years to reflect on our successes. Think about how each and everyone one of you have contributed to the lives of fellow shipmates, how you all have contributed to command mission accomplishment and how you have grown thus far in your Navy adventure,” Geiger added.

Geiger previously served as the operations officer for Commander, Task Force 69.  From September 2006 to October 2008, he served as Executive Officer of USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), which completed numerous operations throughout the Western Pacific and earned a Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Reckamp’s next assignment will be the National War College in Washington, DC.

The submarine was commissioned Feb. 24, 1995 and is the third U.S. warship named for the people of the northwestern Ohio city. 

 

110715-N-AW342-086 GROTON, Conn. (July 15, 2011) - Rear Adm. James Foggo, commander of Submarine Group 8, shakes hands with Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp, commanding officer of USS Toledo (SSN 769) after Reckamp received his end of tour award. Reckamp was relieved by Cmdr. Sam Geiger during a change of command ceremony on board Toledo at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. (U.S. Navy Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

 

 

110715-N-AW342-128 GROTON, Conn. (July 15, 2011) - Cmdr. Sam Geiger, commanding officer of Toledo (SSN 769), relieves Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp as commanding officer  of USS Toledo (SSN 769) during a change of command ceremony. Rear Adm James Fogg was the guest speaker at the ceremony held on board Toledo at Naval Submarine Base New London. (U.S. Navy Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

 

 

110715-N-AW342-159 GROTON, Conn. (July 15, 2011) - Rear Adm. James Foggo, commander of Submarine Group 8, is rendered honors as he departs USS Toledo (SSN 769) during Toledo's change of command ceremony. Cmdr. Sam Geiger relieved Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp during the ceremony on board Toledo at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. (U.S. Navy Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)

 

110715-N-AW342-186 GROTON, Conn. (July 15, 2011) - Capt. William Merz, commander of Submarine Development Squadron 12, Cmdr. Douglas Reckamp, former commanding officer of USS Toledo (SSN 769), Cmdr. Sam Geiger, commanding officer of Toledo, and Rear Adm. James Foggo, commander of Submarine Group 8 share a moment after the USS Toledo change of command ceremony. Geiger relieved Reckamp during the ceremony on board Toledo at Naval Submarine Base New London. (U.S. Navy Photograph by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer/Released)