Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa/Commander Task Force 63 Welcomes New Commodore

update provided by Daniel Schumacher

NAPLES, Italy – U.S. Navy Capt. John F. Rinko turned over command of Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa/Commander Task Force 63 (MSCEURAF/CTF-63) to Navy Capt. Heidi Agle during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, August 5, 2015.

Presiding at the change of command ceremony was Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. James Foggo III. In his remarks, Foggo praised Rinko’s leadership and control of 6th Fleet’s noncombatant support ships as commodore of MSCEURAF/CTF-63.

 

150805-N-XT273-265 NAPLES, Italy (Aug. 5, 2015) Commodore Heidi Agle relieves Capt. John Rinko as Commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa/Commander, Task Force 63 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino Aug. 5, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/ Released)

150805-N-XT273-265 NAPLES, Italy (Aug. 5, 2015) Commodore Heidi Agle relieves Capt. John Rinko as Commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa/Commander, Task Force 63 during a change of command ceremony at Naval Support Activity Naples, Capodichino Aug. 5, 2015. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/ Released)

Rinko served as MSCEURAF/CTF-63’s commodore from August 2013 to August 2015. He will report to the DDG 1000 Fleet Integration Team in San Diego.

Quick Facts:

• The guest speaker, Vice Adm. James Foggo, III, commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, acknowledged Rinko’s many accomplishments during his command tour, which included control of all sea and air Navy logistics assets; prepositioning forces; special mission ships and strategic sealift capabilities throughout the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.

• The responsibilities of CTF-63 include coordinating and providing transportation and delivery of personnel, equipment, fuel, supplies, repair parts, mail and ammunition via air and surface logistics assets – including MSC Combat Logistics Force ships – to sustain U.S. forces in the European and African theaters. As MSCEURAF, the commodore is the area commander in Europe and Africa for MSC, exercising tactical control of all U.S. transportation command forces in the European and African areas of operation.

• Agle comes to Naples after serving as commodore, Amphibious Squadron Eleven, embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

•U.S. 6th Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied, joint, and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa.

Quotes:

“During [Capt. Rinko’s] tenure as commodore, he and his team provided logistics support across 74 countries in the U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command areas of operations. He also oversaw the first deployment of the U.S. Navy’s first joint, high-speed vessel, USNS Spearhead. I was down in Accra, Ghana, with Capt. Rinko during this landmark deployment. There are many challenges to operations in the Gulf of Guinea on a brand new class of ship, but Capt. Rinko and his team make it look easy.”

-Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet, Vice Adm. James Foggo III

“Today is truly a bittersweet day for me, professionally and personally, as I turn over the mantle of command. This tour I have been blessed with the opportunity to work for the best leadership our Navy has to offer and had the opportunity to lead the finest group of sailors and civilians I have ever had the pleasure of serving with.”

– Capt. John F. Rinko

“I am both humbled and honored to be given this incredible opportunity. Vice Admiral Foggo sir, thank you for allowing me to serve once again, doing what I love best in our Navy, operating forward. Capt. Rinko, I am grateful to you for the gift of such an amazing team. They are clearly the best in their field, and it is a direct reflection of your leadership.”

– Capt. Heidi Agle, commodore, Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa/Commander Task Force 63

 

 

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