USS Green Bay Changes Command
By ENS Hill, USS Green Bay
SAN DIEGO - USS Green Bay (LPD 20) held a change of command ceremony at Naval Base San Diego on June 11, 2010. Cmdr. Joe Olson turned over command of the amphibious transport dock to Cmdr. Kevin Meyers.
The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 22-month command tour for Olson. He led Green Bay through its commissioning on January 24, 2009 and the following preparations to become a fully qualified Navy warship.
During this period, Green Bay received its certifications for the flight deck, well deck, combat systems, 3M, ATF surge, supply management, and completed 3 light-off assessments of the engineering plant.
In his remarks, Cmdr. Olson thanked the crew of the Green Bay for all of their hard work and stated it had been a “great honor” to serve as commanding officer. Olson’s next tour will be in Washington, D.C.
Cmdr. Meyers is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina, and earned his master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He completed sea tours aboard USS Stethem (DDG 65) as First Lieutenant, USS Pelelieu (LHA 5) as Auxiliaries Officer, and USS Higgins (DDG 76) and USS Benfold (DDG 65) as Weapons Control Officer and Combat Systems Officer. He served as Executive Officer aboard USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).
“Commanding one of our Navy's newest and most capable amphibious ships is the highest honor and privilege for a Surface Warfare Officer,” said Meyers. “I look forward to leading the Sailors of Green Bay as part of the Navy-Marine Corps team.”
USS Green Bay is the fourth San Antonio class amphibious transport dock and is homeported in San Diego, CA. She is scheduled to complete her maiden deployment in 2011.