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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Release #191-12

Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57 Changes Command

By Lt. Brandon Daughtry, CTF 57 Public Affairs

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain – Capt. Mark A. Creasey relieved Capt. Reggie Howard as commander, Task Force (CTF) 57 during a change of command ceremony, Nov. 8.

Under Howard’s leadership, the command successfully executed 3,947 sorties encompassing more than 26,000 flight hours from 16 U.S. and coalition task groups in support of Partnership-Strength-Presence, Maritime Security Operations, the Struggle Against Violent Extremists, and Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.

“It has been an honor to serve as commander, CTF 57 this past year,” said Howard. “It is with great pride that I look back upon our achievements and specifically the significant contributions to safety and security in the region.”

During the ceremony Howard was awarded the Legion of Merit from Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces for the U.S. 5th Fleet, for his outstanding service from Nov. 2011 through Nov. 2012.

“Capt. Howard is a professional and passionate leader, who leads from the front and is respected by his senior, peers and juniors alike,” said Carter. “He is a warrior who has established CTF 57 as the eyes and ears of the U.S. 5th Fleet and U.S. Central Command.”

For his next tour Howard will report to the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff in Washington, DC.

Creasey, a 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy was previously assigned to the J-3 Operations Directorate, where he served as a Branch Chief in the Special Actions Division within J-39, the Deputy Directorate for Global Operations.

“Task Force 57 is a well-oiled, war fighting machine due to the efforts of Commodore Howard. I intend to continue his superb work as we move forward in supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet Commander with the world’s most capable maritime patrol and reconnaissance assets,” said Creasey.

CTF 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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121108-N-WB378-053 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Capt. Mark A. Creasey addresses the audience as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, during his change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-053 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Capt. Mark A. Creasey addresses the audience as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, during his change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-024 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Capt. Reggie Howard makes his final remarks as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, during his change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-024 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Capt. Reggie Howard makes his final remarks as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, during his change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-032 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, speaks during a Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57 change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-032 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, speaks during a Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57 change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-040 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, left, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet, presents Capt. Reggie Howard with the Legion of Merit for his outstanding service as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, from Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 during his change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

121108-N-WB378-040 NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain (Nov., 8, 2012) Rear Adm. Matthew Carter, left, commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet, presents Capt. Reggie Howard with the Legion of Merit for his outstanding service as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, from Nov. 2011 to Nov. 2012 during his change of command ceremony, Nov. 8. Combined Task Force 57 is responsible for conducting maritime surveillance and reconnaissance operations, supporting the U.S. 5th Fleet and Unified Commanders, enhancing regional stability, promoting cooperative security and deterring aggression by providing responsive interoperable and combat ready Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Blake Midnight/Released)

 

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