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USS Milius Holds Change of Command Ceremony

By Ensign Matthew Arreola, USS Milius Public Affairs Officer

SAN DIEGO – USS Milius (DDG 69) held a change of command ceremony pierside at Naval Base San Diego, Nov. 5. Cmdr. Kendall Gennick turned over command of the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer to Cmdr. Trevor King

The ceremony marked the end of a very successful 18-month command tour for Gennick. He led Milius through a seven-month deployment with Carrier Strike Group 3 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. During the deployment, the crew interacted extensively with several foreign navies in the Fifth Fleet Area of Operations (AO).

During this period, Milius successfully tested the new Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Strike-Over-Secret software for fleet-wide release and achieved the first successful demonstrations of an in-flight mission modification message to a tactical Tomahawk missile. Milius also developed a new Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) concept of operations utilizing Scan Eagle, a developmental UAV, in various missions in the Arabian Gulf. The ship participated in five multi-national exercises, conducted over 20 safe underway replenishments and eight transits of the Strait of Hormuz. Milius performed a variety of missions in the Fifth fleet AO, from Regional Air Defense Commander to protecting the Al Basrah oil platform on the coast of Iraq.

“I will always remember my time as the commanding officer of USS Milius as a challenging and rewarding experience,” said Gennick. “The efforts of the crew inspired me on a daily basis and I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to lead such a dedicated group of Sailors. Most of all, I will miss the camaraderie of our wardroom. I am leaving behind a great group of officers and feel confident that Milius rests in good hands.” Cmdr. Gennick’s next tour will be as a student at the Senior Officers’ Course at the Navy War College in Newport, R.I.

A native of Mio, Mich., Gennick enlisted in the Navy in 1984 as a machinist mate and was subsequently selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University in 1989, and was commissioned in Feb. 1990 through Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I. He is a 1997 graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School where he earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

Gennick completed multiple extended deployments while at sea including tours as machinery two division officer, reactor controls division officer, and auxiliaries division officer aboard USS Long Beach (CGN 9), combat systems officer aboard USS Elliot (DD 967), reactor training assistant aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and commanding officer of USS Devastator (MCM 6). He lives in Coronado, Calif. with his wife Carla and son Greg.

Cmdr. Trevor King, incoming commanding officer, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a bachelor of science degree in economics and calls Spring Grove, Ill., his hometown. He is a first generation Naval Surface Warfare Officer. He lives in Chula Vista with his wife Robynn and his two daughters, Erika and Caitlynn.

His sea tours include assignment as executive officer aboard USS Mustin (DDG 89); commissioning commanding officer aboard USS Tornado (PC 14); operations officer in USS John S. McCain (DDG 56); navigator and commissioning communications officer in USS Vicksburg (CG 69). Ashore, he most recently served as the surface combatant, amphibious and sealift programs officer in the Naval Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, D.C. Prior to his tour in the Pentagon, he worked on Capitol Hill as the legislative fellow to Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi). He has been assigned to the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) including service as a program integrator, sea-based missile defense, executive assistant to the Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system technical director and executive assistant to the program director, Aegis BMD program directorate. He has also been assigned as a recruiter to the United States Naval Academy as a regional director of admissions for the central United States.

“I have only been on board a few days but I can see that Milius is a motivated and hard-working ship,” said King. “I am excited and eager to get to work.”

Milius is attached to Carrier Strike Group Three and is scheduled to leave on an independent deployment in 2010.

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