By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class) Timothy Wilson
Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (March 18, 2012) – Cmdr. W. Scott Horton assumed command from Cmdr. Michael O’Driscoll, Coastal Riverine Group One (CRG-1), Detachment Guam, during a change of charge ceremony on U.S. Naval Base Guam March 8.
Adm. Tilghman Payne, commander, Joint Region Marianas; Capt. Eric Moss, commander, Coastal Riverine Group One; family members and Sailors assigned to CRG-1 were in attendance.
“It’s an honor to be here today, charged with the responsibility to summarize the successes of detachment Guam and fortunate to be able to commend this team of Sailors for their work in sustaining a secure environment for our forward deployed naval and joint forces,” Moss said. “It is my hope that today’s event will provide us all a chance to renew our commitment to the valued ideal of service above self and to rededicate ourselves to supporting a world where a secure peace serves as a deterrent against aggression and intimidation.”
Moss described the mission of CRG-1 as a balancing act like no other, managing multiple assignments and operations in numerous forward-deployed and dangerous environments.
“Expeditionary security detachments are truly unique assets to our Navy, providing our national command leadership a powerful option with which to shape the security environment rapidly and decisively,” Moss said. “They deliver assured point and area tactical defense at sea and in the unsecure geographic chokepoints and harbors found throughout the global maritime commons. When I look at the success that CRG-1, Detachment Guam has achieved under Cmdr. O’Driscoll’s leadership, I see the exact model that our Navy leadership expects from one of our expeditionary security detachments.”
O’Driscoll’s three-year tenure in Guam began as executive officer for Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 7. Thirteen of those months were as officer-in-charge of CRG-1.
He oversaw 75 completed missions within 7th Fleet, including deploying seven teams under Pacific Partnership 2012 with USNS Mercy (T-AH 19). CRG-1 had 17 teams deployed simultaneously in 2012 under O’Driscoll’s command.
In remarks from O’Driscoll, he said the command would not have been so rewarding without the assistance from his first class petty officers, the junior enlisted association, the chief petty officers mess, the ombudsman and his family.
“I want to talk about the successes of you, my Sailors, my extended family, Detachment Guam,” he said. “You are professionals and adults. You have taken care of one another, on Guam and on mission. There have been zero liberty incidents and we are 494 days, today, since our last alcohol-related incident. Great job. You are taking care of yourselves and of each other.”
O’Driscoll commended CRG-1’s performance during their annual administrative and training evaluation, where a score of 94 percent was earned. Their 3-M assessment placed the unit above Navy standards. The Sailors continued participation in community service, volunteer work and professional advancements did not go unnoticed, he said.
“When MSRON 7 decommissioned, we went from 290 Sailors to 160 and our operational requirements for 7th Fleet increased,” he said. “You continued, without hesitation, to sacrifice your liberty, helping others. Thank you.”
O’Driscoll took a moment to recognize Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Jabril Muhammad, who was his first second class petty officer to qualify as an Anti-terrorism Tactical Watch Officer (ATTWO).
“Unfortunately, MA2, OPROD 201, and the weapons release authority a Mission Commander/ATTWO holds, is restricted to that of a first class petty officer of chief petty officer,” he said. “Let’s fix that.”
Muhammad was capped to the rank of first class petty officer on the spot.
“It is time for me to go,” O’Driscoll said. “Time for a new conn of the helm. To my Sailors, I say thank you and best of luck in whatever you do. Take care of each other. Be mindful of your surroundings. Evaluate your situation and risk. Be safe.”
O’Driscoll then read his orders and Horton assumed command of CRG-1.
“I’d like to acknowledge (CGR-1’s) leadership, your efforts and certainly your results,” Horton said. “You’ve established a superior reputation. I salute what you’ve done and look forward to our future.”
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