U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy Holds Change of Command Ceremony

U.S. Naval Hospital Naples, Italy Holds Change of Command Ceremony


UNITED STATES NAVAL HOSPITAL NAPLES, ITALY
RECENTLY HELD A CHANGE OF COMMAND. THIS CEREMONY MAY BE PART OF U.S. NAVY REGULATIONS,
BUT IT MEANS A BIT MORE. “ONCE YOU’VE GOT THE JOB YOU’RE IT AND IT’S
IMPORTANT THAT THE CREW KNOWS EXACTLY WHO’S IN CHARGE AND WHO THEY’RE TAKING ORDERS FROM;
AND SO THIS IS WHY WE HONOR THIS TIME HONORED TRADITION OF WHERE ONE CAPTAIN GETS UP AND
SALUTES ANOTHER AND SAYS “SIR I SALUTE YOU.” AND THE OTHER ONE SAYS “SIR I STAND RELIEVED.”
NOW ALL ACCOUNTABILITY, AUTHORITY, AND RESPONSIBILITY LIES ON THAT NEW SKIPPER.” ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP,
THE HIGH STANDARDS FOR CARE WILL REMAIN. “MY EXPECTATIONS ARE ONE, WE FOCUS ON THE
PATIENTS. WE TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS. THAT’S OUR TOP PRIORITY, IT’S AN HONOR AND A PRIVILEGE
TO DO THAT. NUMBER TWO IS WE TAKE CARE OF OUR SAILORS AND WHEN I SAY SAILORS I MEAN
EVERYONE, ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE, MARINE, CIVILIANS, MILITARY ALIKE. ALL THOSE THAT WORK WITH US
WE HAVE A DUTY TO DEVELOP, MENTOR, LEAD, TRAIN. NUMBER THREE IS TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. ‘CAUSE
YOU CAN’T DO THE FIRST TWO UNLESS YOU’RE PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY.” THE OUTGOING COMMANDER, CAPTAIN MATTHEW POMMER
WILL TRAVEL TO NORFOLK, VIRGINIA TO WORK AS CHIEF OF STAFF FOR NAVY MEDICINE EAST. “THE LAST THING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ADD IS
THANK YOU TO THE CREW OF THIS HOSPITAL FOR STAYING FOCUSED ON DELIVERING SAFE HIGH QUALITY
PATIENT CARE. AT THE SAME TIME THAT THEY TAKE CARE OF OUR HOSPITAL, OUR SHIP, THEY LOOK
OUT FOR EACH OTHER, THEIR SHIPMATES AND THEY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES.” U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL NAPLES PROVIDES CARE FOR
MORE THAN 15,000 SERVICE MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. AIRMAN FIRST CLASS LEVI ROWSE, NAPLES, ITALY.

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