Cmdr. Michael Briggs (right) is congratulated by Capt. Susanne McNinch (center), commodore of Navy Recruiting Region West, after assuming command of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio from Cmdr. Corry Juedeman (left) during a change of command July 25 at Anderson Hall, Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
Photo by Burrell Parmer (Photo by Burrell Parmer)
JBSA-FORT SAM HOUSTON —
A new commanding officer of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio was welcomed aboard during a change of command ceremony July 25 held at Anderson Hall, Medical Education and Training Campus, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.
During the ceremony, Cmdr. Corry Juedeman relinquished command to Cmdr. Michael Briggs.
The NRD SA commander since June 14, 2013, Juedeman was responsible for more than 200 recruiters, support personnel and civilians who all assisted in making the Navy's recruitment annual mission.
Juedeman's area of responsibility included 46 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer Recruiting Stations spread throughout 140,000 square miles of Texas territory.
Under her charge, the NRD made its enlisted mission each month, continuing the streak of 92 consecutive months.
"This is one of the largest ceremonies that I have attended," said guest speaker Capt. Susanne McNinch, commodore of Navy Recruiting Region West. "It is attributable to the two fine leaders who are sitting on the stage today, as well as the men and women within Navy Recruiting District San Antonio."
According to McNinch, the NRD succeeded in every facet of operations and will continue under new leadership.
"As commanding officer of the NRD, Cmdr. Juedeman has continued to demonstrate the capabilities of leadership and command which has brought the district to a state of readiness that ranks among the highest within Region West and the nation," McNinch said.
"Briggs has been within the command for the past 13 months and was a part of its past successes as well as those in the future," McNinch continued. "You have a great team behind you both at work and at home. Together, these two teams will lead you on a path to success."
Remarking on her tenure as commanding officer, Juedeman spoke about the big picture.
"What was important was taking care of our Sailors and their families, ensuring we maintain a 100 percent shipping target, making mission, attaining an overall score of 92 percent on the National Training Team Inspection and ensuring a positive command climate."
Briggs, a surface warfare officer and native of Norfolk, Va., said he is enthusiastic to take command.
"Team San Antonio, your consistent excellence in both officer and enlisted recruiting, community involvement and meeting all challenges within the past 13 months have been impressive," Briggs said.
"Most importantly, you continue to improve and raise the bar each time and I look forward to serving with this team of motivated professionals and build upon our recent successes to become the best recruiting district in the nation."
Following the change of command, Juedeman, a naval aviator, retired from the Navy with 21 years of service.