New com­man­der of NSASP sworn in dur­ing cer­e­mony

Chang­ing of guard at naval base

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Capt. Michael O’Leary took over as com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for Naval Sup­port Ac­tiv­ity South Po­tomac on Wed­nes­day, re­liev­ing Capt. Mary Fein­berg of her du­ties.

The change of com­mand cer­e­mony was held on the pa­rade field of Naval Sup­port Fa­cil­ity Dahlgren in front of friends and fam­ily of the cap­tains, as well as ser­vice mem­bers and civil­ians work­ing on the base.

Fein­berg held the po­si­tion for three years. Un­der her lead, NSA South Po­tomac closed the Navy’s last coal-fired power plant, im­proved haz­ardous waste stor­age and opened an $11 mil­lion fit­ness cen­ter. The or­ga­ni­za­tion also put on three con­certs, in­clud­ing the first at NSF In­dian Head in 15 years.

“Noth­ing would be pos­si­ble with­out the ded­i­cated ef­forts of the em­ploy­ees, both mil­i­tary and civil­ian,” Fein­berg said. “From the bot­tom of my heart, thank you for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to serve with you.”

Fol­low­ing the na­tional an­them and an in­vo­ca­tion from Lt. Joshua Ok­wori, guest speaker Rear Ad­mi­ral Charles Rock com­mended Fein­berg for her work as com­mand­ing of­fi­cer and of­fered some light rib­bing of the diminu­tive cap­tain.

“Mary will be re­mem­bered for many things here at South Po­tomac,” Rock said. “Her drive, her com­mit­ment, her cool de­meanor, but not her tow­er­ing height.”

Rock pre­sented Fein­berg with an award in recog­ni­tion of her three years at the helm, in ad­di­tion to a pin for her ser­vice.

“What Mary lacks in stature is more than made up in her lead­er­ship and her ded­i­ca­tion to her team,” Rock said. “Any­body that knows Mary ad­mires her tire­less work ethic, her op­ti­mistic out­look that per­me­ates the en­tire com­mand.”

For the past two years, O’Leary has worked for the Di­rec­tor of Op­er­a­tional Test and Eval­u­a­tion in the Of­fice of the Sec­re­tary of De­fense. This will mark his sec­ond as­sign­ment in Dahlgren, as O’Leary re­ported to the Joint War­fare Anal­y­sis Cen­ter in 2007.

O’Leary thanked his fam­ily for their sup­port and praised Fein­berg af­ter as­sum­ing com­mand.

“I look for­ward to main­tain­ing out­stand­ing sup­port and col­lab­o­ra­tion with our peers through­out the re­gion and our part­ners both in­side and out­side the fence line,” O’Leary said. “Cap­tain Fein­berg, you have built a tremen­dous legacy here in the South Po­tomac re­gion. I hope to fill your fig­u­ra­tively large shoes.”

STAFF PHO­TOS BY CHAR­LIE WRIGHT

Rear Ad­mi­ral Charles Rock presents an award to Capt. Mary Fein­berg rec­og­niz­ing her three years as com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of Naval Sup­port Ac­tiv­ity South Po­tomac.

Capt. Michael O’Leary as­sumes com­mand of Naval Sup­port Ac­tiv­ity South Po­tomac in front of Rear Ad­mi­ral Charles Rock and Capt. Mary Fein­berg.

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