By Petty Officer First Class Alpha Uzoma
Cmdr. Michael T. Curry relieved Cmdr. Carvin A. Brown as Commanding Officer of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit (CNATTU) Jacksonville during an Oct. 13 ceremony at All Saints Chapel, aboard NAS Jacksonville.
CNATT Commanding Officer Capt. Terrence Hammond presided at the event, as CNATTU Jacksonville staff and students witnessed the ceremony, bidding farewell to Brown.
Brown assumed command in May of 2015, overseeing the delivery of technical instruction by six Maintenance Training Units and one Technical Training Unit dispersed across five locations at NAS Jacksonville and NS Mayport, graduating nearly 8,000 students annually. During Brown's tenure, CNATTU Jacksonville attained a grade of 100 percent during the February 2016 CNATT Training Management Assessment Program inspection.
"It's been an absolute pleasure to serve with the Sailors, Marines, and civilians of CNATTU Jax," Brown said. "Their tutelage and support has made this my most rewarding tour. This group of professionals set the bar at the top and ensured CNATTU Jax delivered the most current and comprehensive training to today's aviation maintenance professionals. I asked for four things upon taking command: Enjoy what you do, take care of each other, support each other to grow professionally; and lastly, remember that shared knowledge is the key to mission success. The CNATTU Jax team never let me down, executing each of these elements flawlessly. I leave here truly proud of our CNATTU family. Each Sailor, Marine, and civilian has and will always have my utmost respect."
Curry shared his excitement about assuming command while addressing the CNATTU staff for the first time as their commanding officer.
"I am truly honored to have served under the guidance and tutelage of Cmdr. Brown as your executive officer in preparation for my journey of becoming CNATTU Jacksonville's commanding officer," he said.
"I am looking forward to continuing to build relationships with other Naval Aviation Maintenance Partners and to expand on our capabilities in training future Naval Aviation Maintenance professionals."
CNATTU Jacksonville is a training unit of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. CNATT develops, delivers, and supports aviation technical training at 27 sites located throughout the continental United States and Japan.
CNATT is a technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command umbrella.