Navy Rear Adm. Dee Mewbourne, former director of maritime operations atÂ the U.S. Fleet Forces Command,Â formally assumed duties as commander of the Military Sealift Command during a ceremony held ThursdayÂ aboard theÂ USNS Lewis B. PullerÂ ship.
HeÂ succeeds Navy Rear Adm. T. K. Shannon, who hasÂ retired after a 34-year military career, the service branchÂ said Friday.
Mewbourne previously commanded Electronic Attack Squadron 139 aboardÂ USS Abraham Lincoln, USS Nashville, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, USS Enterprise, USS Harry S. Truman, Naval Service Training Command and Carrier Strike GroupsÂ 3 and 11.
He completed sea assigmentsÂ flyingÂ the A-6E Intruder aircraft in Attack Squadron (VA) 34 embarked onÂ USS AmericaÂ and VA-75 onÂ USS John F. KennedyÂ as well as served asÂ executive officer of VA-196 onÂ USS Carl VinsonÂ and VAQ-139Â on Lincoln.
His onshore assignments include roles as a flight instructor in VA-42 and project officer at the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate.
The 33-year Navy veteran alsoÂ servedÂ as military assistant and trip coordinator for the Defense Department secretary and deputy secretary, chief of staff atÂ Navy Cyber Forces and on the staff of the Naval Air Force Atlantic commander.