“As I hand the conn to Rear Admiral Chris Grady, I am 100-percent confident he will take our team to the next level, staying the course and making us a better ‘SWOhana.’”
Kahuna has a variety of meanings. In Hawaiian it could mean an expert in a profession or trade, or a holy wise man. In modern English, it’s come to mean a leader or someone who is at the apex of their profession, often describing such people as “the Big Kahuna.”
That combination of leadership and expertise perfectly sums up what Gumataotao brought to SURFLANT—And what Grady will be bringing to it.
“It is a fantastic time to be joining SURFLANT,” said Grady. “I am honored to follow in the long line of my esteemed predecessors here; I look forward to the exciting challenge of living up to their legacy of service to our surface warriors.”
The other new leader, Force Master Chief Callison, was chosen for the particular traits he’d exhibited.
“He is extremely experienced at every level and will bring a lot to the table,” said Grady. “I was struck by his vision and passion to set our Sailors up for success.”
Grady was confident that selecting Callison would bring to the command someone would continue the tradition of excellence already established at SURFLANT, who would make every effort on behalf of the Sailors under his charge.
“I look forward to working closely with him to do just that,” said Grady.
The recent change of command’s location, on the USS Wisconsin (BB 64), signaled that while new tactics, technology and training make it a great time to be a part of SURFLANT, the new leaders will make sure that good, old-fashioned responsibility for the welfare of the ‘SWOhana’ remains a part of the command’s future.