By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Caleb Cooper, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. NW
OAK HARBOR, Wash. – Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 10 held a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, April 2.
Capt. Brett W. Mietus relieved Capt. Vincent W. Segars as CPRW-10 commodore.
Segars welcomed former commodore of Wing 10 and current operations officer, Naval Air Forces, Capt. Garner D. Morgan as the guest speaker.
“First of all I’d just like to say what an honor it is to be introduced by Vince Segars, a person I greatly admire and respect,” said Morgan.
Morgan showed great regard for the person and leader that he has come to know in Segars, over the last 10 years.
“He’s the kind of person who doesn’t strive for success,” said Morgan. “Instead he strives to be a person of value. He doesn’t concentrate on what’s needed to ascend the ranks. He simply does what’s right for our country and our Navy, every time.”
Segars attributes his success as a leader to the personnel who make up Wing 10.
“For Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 squadrons, units and staff it’s been an honor to be your commodore,” said Segars. “Thank you for being the professionals I’ve challenged you to be.”
During Segars’ tenure as commodore, CPRW 10 oversaw 39,000 mishap free flight hours, four patrol squadron deployments to 5th and 7th fleets and maintained continuous intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support in every theater of operations.
“True measure of your leadership is not merely a conglomeration of statistics about mission ready aircraft, mission readiness, flight hour execution and all that other stuff we track,” said Morgan. “More importantly it’s about the intangibles, like the admiration and respect you have from all of us with whom you served.”
Meitus recognized Segars for passing on the torch of a great command.
“I’d like to thank Vince Segars and his family for turning over an exceptional wing,” said Meitus.
The new commodore expressed his pride and joy to be a part of and leader of CPRW 10.
“I’d like to express thanks to our nation and the Navy for this amazing opportunity,” said Meitus. “There is no better place to serve, no better community to be a part of and no better wing to lead.”