PEARL HARBOR - A Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) change of command ceremony was held at Kilo Pier on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), June 26.
Rear Adm. John Fuller relieved Rear Adm. Rick Williams as commander, Navy Region Hawaii, and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific in the change of command ceremony.
"It’s truly been a wonderful experience for myself and my family during our time here in Hawaii," said Williams. "I couldn’t have asked for a command or a better group of people to work with, and I know Rear Adm. Fuller will enjoy the wonderful challenges and opportunities that await him here at Pearl Harbor."
Commander, Navy Region Hawaii has leadership oversight of JBPHH on Oahu and Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai. Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific has leadership oversight of the 11 surface ships homeported in Hawaii.
Commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Kenneth Floyd, served as keynote speaker at the ceremony and praised Williams for the accomplishments he achieved in his two years as commander.
“Rear Adm. Williams ensured that every surface group here was ready for awaited them over the horizon, and I know he’ll continue to strive for his commitment to excellence at his next command, just as he’s done for the last 30 years of his career,” said Floyd. “On behalf of the men and women of the surface group MIDPAC Navy Region Hawaii, U.S. 3rd Fleet and the U.S. Navy as a whole, we thank you for your leadership here, and we’re proud of both you and the accomplishments you achieved during your time here.”
Williams has served here since July 2013. He will leave Hawaii to become commander of Carrier Strike Group 15 in San Diego. Fuller comes to Hawaii after serving as deputy, Littoral Combat Ships, N96, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
“Rear Adm. Williams has built a great team here at the command in Pearl Harbor, and he’s fostered a wonderful turnover to ensure my success in the years ahead,” said Fuller. “I look forward to your continued success, and I know that under your leadership, our Pacific forces will always be ready to support and defend this great country of ours.”