Story by MCC Matthew White, 30th Naval Construction Regiment
ASAN BEACH, Guam – The 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) held a change of command ceremony, July 19.
Capt. Steven Stasick relieved Capt. Jeffrey Kilian, who has held the position since 2016, as commodore of 30 NCR, during a ceremony held at Asan Beach, which is where Marines and Seabees came ashore in 1944 to liberate Guam from the Japanese occupiers.
Rear Adm. Troy McClelland, Deputy Commander for the Naval Construction Force, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, and the ceremony’s presiding officer, presented Kilian with a Legion of Merit.
“At every given opportunity he clearly articulated the strategic importance of the Naval Construction Force mission, from deck-plate to fleet admiral audience,” McClelland said. “Under his excellent leadership, the men and women of the 30th Naval Construction Regiment and all assigned units enhanced construction capability, improved ally and partner relations and increased the lethality of our force.”
Kilian, who will report to Naval Facilities Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center, in Port Hueneme, California, thanked the Sailors of 30 NCR for their hard work and dedication to the mission throughout his tour, all while moving the command to Guam from Port Hueneme.
“This crew has been amazing. They set the conditions for success by re-baselining operations; they created a coherent, relevant CRO (construction readiness operations) program; they re-introduced doctrinal command and control and established a sustainable, consistent orders generation process; their efforts allowed us to better align with 7th Fleet, and of course, to relocate to Guam,” Kilian said. “I want to thank each and every Sailor in this command for being consummate professionals during my tenure as your commodore.”
Stasick takes command of the regiment following his tour at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He holds degrees from Cleveland State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stasick is a Seabee Combat Warfare officer and a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio.
“I am humbled and honored to be a part of your amazing team and look forward to helping write the next chapter of the Seabees proud legacy in Guam and throughout the Pacific with you,” Stasick said.
As Commander Task Group 75.5, 30 NCR provides command and control over all naval construction force units in the 7th Fleet area of operations. 30 NCR enables the real-time mobility of response for engineering units and other assigned forces to provide expeditionary, general and limited combat engineer capability to respond to major combat operations and contingencies, conduct Theater Security Cooperation Plan operations, and execute Humanitarian Assistance Disaster Response (HA/DR) and Civil-Military Operations within the Pacific.