By Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 303 Public Affairs
Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hass (left) passes the command flag to Lt. Cmdr. Javier Lopez-Martinez during a change of command ceremony for Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303 aboard Naval Base San Diego, July 22. During the ceremony, Lopez-Martinez relieved Hass as commanding officer. (Photo by Yeoman 2nd Class Nikki Domingo)
Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303 held a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego, July 22.
CBMU 303 Seabees, family members, and guests gathered to witness Lt. Cmdr. Javier Lopez-Martinez relieve Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hass as commanding officer. Hass has held the position since August 2014.
The guest speaker, Capt. Mike Saum, commodore, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 1, praised and thanked Hass for his service and accomplishments.
“The accomplishments of this outstanding command over the past couple of years has matched, if not exceeded, those from its history,” said Saum. “The work you do around San Diego and your presence at these exercises shows the fleet why Seabees are the military construction force of choice across the DoD.”
Hass is a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer and a Master Training Specialist. During the ceremony, Saum presented him with the Meritorious Service Medal for his untiring dedication to excellence and outstanding meritorious service.
“The longer I am in the service, the more I realize that while it’s important to accomplish our mission, it’s not about medals, decorations, or individual accomplishments; rather it’s about the people we serve with,” said Hass. “CBMU 303 has enjoyed tremendous successes, and we absolutely could not have accomplished this level of successes without the men and women of CBMU 303.”
Hass and Lopez-Martinez then read their orders, and the command flag was passed, signifying the change of command from one to another.
“To the men and women of team 303… I mean it when I say that you are now my family,” said Lopez-Martinez. “We have an important mission in support of the red, white and blue that depends on each and every one of us.”
Before arriving at the battalion, Lopez-Martinez served as the executive officer for Naval Construction Training Center in Gulfport, Mississippi from July 2014 to July 2016.
Construction Battalion Maintenance Units provide specialized public works support at naval support activities, forward operating bases, and fleet hospitals/expeditionary medical facilities during wartime or contingency operations.
Seabees from Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit (CBMU) 303 stand at parade rest during a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Base San Diego, July 22. During the ceremony, Lt. Cmdr. Javier Lopez-Martinez relieved Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hass as commanding officer of CBMU 303. (U.S. Navy Photo by Yeoman 3rd Class Ashley Pye/160722-N-MH006-028)