By MCC(SW/AW/EXW) Athena Blain
CMDCM David Garcia, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2 command master chief, presents the command’s colors to Capt. Paul Odenthal, incoming commodore, at a change of command ceremony held at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss., July 30, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by MCC(SW/AW/EXW) Athena Blain)
Capt. Paul Odenthal assumed command of Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2 during a ceremony held at the training center onboard Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, July 30.
Odenthal relieved Capt. John Adametz, who will become the next commanding officer of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest in San Diego.
“Over the last two years, the men and women [of NCG 2] have transitioned from a newly-formed command to leaders in the expeditionary enterprise in several areas of program management, logistics and mission execution,” said Adametz. “You have overcome challenges and have, without fail, continued to produce and deploy ready Sailors for Navy missions around the globe. Your recognition is hard-earned and well-deserved, and I could not be prouder to have served with you.”
CMDCM David Garcia, Naval Construction Group (NCG) 2 command master chief, stands at attention as Capt. John Adametz, outgoing commodore, passes the command colors to Capt. Paul Odenthal during NCG 2’s change of command ceremony held at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss., July 30, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by MCC(SW/AW/EXW) Athena Blain)
Adametz became the commander of NCG 2 in August 2013, and he oversaw the movement of the Atlantic Reserve Seabee headquarters to the Gulfport, Miss. area, establishing greater access for Reserve Seabee units in specialized training, medical readiness and overall operational readiness. He also supported current and future operations of deployed Seabees in five Combatant Commander (COCOM) Areas of Operation.
Odenthal most recently served as the commanding officer of Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport. Odenthal transferred his authority of the base earlier in the day in a separate ceremony. He has also been the commanding officer of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, home-ported here in Gulfport, as well as serving in various other commands such as the First Naval Construction Division and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic.
NCG 2 is an echelon four command, directly in charge of manning, equipping and training all Atlantic-based Seabees and combat camera personnel. The command oversees two naval construction regiments, five naval mobile construction battalions, a construction maintenance battalion unit, an underwater construction team and expeditionary combat camera.
Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Commander Rear Adm. Frank Morneau presents outgoing Naval Construction Group 2 Commodore Capt. John Adametz with the Legion of Merit during a change of command ceremony held at the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, Miss., July 30, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by MCC(SW/AW/EXW) Athena Blain)