Amphibious Squadron ONE Holds Change of Command Ceremony underway onboard USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20)
Lieutenant Junior Grade Kristi Coonfare, Amphibious Squadron ONE (CPR-1)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Amphibious Squadron ONE held a Change of Command Ceremony on August 3rd. Captain J. Curtis Shaub relieved Captain Andrew F. Cully as Commander, Amphibious Squadron ONE underway aboard USS GREEN BAY (LPD-20) as the ship sailed north to participate as the Command Element to Commander Third Fleet during the 61st Annual Seattle Seafair.

Captain Cully, a 1985 graduate from the United States Merchant Marine Academy York served on a variety of assignments during his 25 year career including sea tours as the Damage Control Assistant and Fire Control Officer on USS REEVES (CG 24); Force Over-the-Horizon Track Coordinator and Anti-Surface Warfare Officer on USS AMERICA (CV 66); Combat Systems Officer on USS COMTE DE GRASSE (DD 974); Executive Officer on USS SIMPSON (FFG 56); Commanding Officer USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53); and, Executive Officer in USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD 6).

Captain Shaub, a SH-60B & MH-60R Seahawk helicopter pilot, has served in a variety of assignments during his 25 year career including an exchange tour to Australia, command of two helicopter squadrons, two Amphibious big-deck tours, Naval War College, seven deployments, and a J3 Pentagon tour. He joined CPR-1 in June of 2008 as Deputy Commander before this fleet-up as Commodore.

In a farewell speech, Captain Cully expressed his gratitude towards the crews that have contributed to COMPHIBRON ONE’s success, "Over the past nineteen months I have had the opportunity to work closely with the fantastic officers and crew of USS TARAWA, USS BOXER, USS GERMANTOWN, USS COMSTOCK, USS GREEN BAY, USNS BYRD and USS DUBUQUE and witness their stellar performance."

Cully remarked, "I am still, to this day, amazed by the superior work and dedication of the COMPHIBRON ONE Staff. The multitude of tasks they performed on a daily basis was quite remarkable, especially when they rebounded after six months of detailed planning to redevelop a new concept of operations for PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP 2009 in a mere 11 days."

Reminiscing about his rewarding tour as the Commodore, Cully stated, "My fondest memories of command here was having the opportunity to serve as Mission Commander of Pacific Partnership 2009 and the once and a lifetime opportunity we had to work alongside U.S. joint service engineering and medical professionals as well numerous partner nations and international non-governmental organizations to serve the needs of the citizens of the Pacific Oceania Region. During the four month deployment we were able to complete eighteen extensive construction projects and care for thousands of citizens from Samoa, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and the Republic of the Marshall

"I am proud of everything that CPR1 has accomplished and I know that under the leadership of Captain Curtis Shaub, this staff and the three ships (BOXER, GREEN BAY and COMSTOCK) they support will continue to do great things."

Under Cully’s command, Amphibious Squadron One completed a successful Pacific Partnership Deployment in 2009, the flawless completion of Exercise IRON FIST 2009 and 2010, and was responsible for a total of eight separate ships attaining critical certifications and core competencies leading to preparations for the successful deployment of the BOXER ARG and 13th MEU in 2011. Captain Cully was presented with the Legion of Merit Award. His next assignment will be as the N81 in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations in Arlington, Virginia.

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