Story Number: NNS140207-30Release Date: 2/7/2014 11:49:00 PM
By Lieutenant Junior Grade Marc Sunby, NCTAMS PAC Public Affairs
HONOLULU (NNS) -- Capt. William A. Dodge, Jr. relieved Capt. John L. MacMichael, Jr. as Commanding officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Pacific (NCTAMS PAC) during the Command's 53rd change of command ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Wahiawa Annex, Feb. 7.
Capt. MacMichael, who assumed command of NCTAMS PAC in October of 2011, led 1,700 personnel in four subordinate commands.
"As I reflect on 27 months in Command at NCTAMS PAC and 25 years of Naval Service, I am amazed at the opportunities for leadership in the Navy," said MacMichael. "From ship handling during the first and second Persian Gulf Wars, flying in the E-2C Hawkeye over Afghanistan post 9-11, serving in Iraq, and becoming an Information Professional; I have been blessed with adventure coupled with technical and leadership challenges."
"I remain eye-wateringly humbled by the technical proficiency, skill, and sense of duty displayed by the Sailors, civilians and contractors I worked alongside during my tenure as Commanding Officer at NCTAMS PAC. I can think of no higher calling," MacMicheal added.
Capt. (ret.) John L. MacMichael, Sr., was the guest speaker and presented his son with the Legion of Merit for his exceptionally meritorious service from October of 2011 to February of 2014 and thanked him for his service to the Navy and to the United States.
"When I reported to my first ship in Pearl Harbor in 1965, my duties were directly related to maintaining communications with the NavCommSta at Wahiawa," said the senior MacMicheal.
"I am pleased to see that although the means and methods at NCTAMS PAC have changed, the communication's mission and tradition of superb support to the fleet and professionalism continues undiminished to this day. I take great pride in presenting this recognition of your naval service, and I know your grandfather shares that as well."
Capt. MacMichael, the son and grandson of Naval Officers, entered the Navy after graduating from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in 1988 with a degree in Economics.
He served operational tours as a Surface Warfare Officer and E-2C Naval Flight Officer before transitioning to the IP community.
During this time he achieved his Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Flight Officer designations as well as Officer of the Deck (afloat), Engineering Officer of the Watch, and Strike Lead qualifications; he completed eight operational deployments as a SWO and NFO.
As an Information Professional officer, Capt. MacMichael held the following assignments: NIOC Norfolk; Combat Systems Officer, USS Nimitz (CVN-68); Chief Staff Officer, Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic (NCTAMS LANT); Theater C4I Director, Iraq Joint Operating Area; and Director for the Office of Compliance and Assessment (OCA), Navy Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM).
Capt. MacMichael's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), four Meritorious Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other unit and service awards, including campaign medals.
Capt. Dodge has had a unique career that started with an enlistment in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984.
After achieving the rank of Private First Class he accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy and is a 1989 graduate from that institution.
He earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1990 and went on to serve in combat operations in three different aircraft before re-designating as an Information Warfare officer.
Capt. Dodge deployed to Afghanistan for a year-long Individual Augmentation Assignment for JIATF 435.
His other notable assignments include FIFTH Fleet staff; CNO's staff; Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet staff; and CO of Navy Information Operations Command Whidbey Island.
Capt. Dodge's military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Medals (one with Combat "V" and five Strike/Flight awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, five Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with Combat "V"), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other unit and service awards, including campaign medals.
NCTAMS PAC's motto, "Connecting the Warfighter," rings true with its mission to provide the operational platform with information - secure and reliable, classified and unclassified voice, messaging, video and data telecommunications to U.S. Naval, Joint, Interagency, and Coalition operating forces worldwide.