Navy Recruiting Command (NRC) bid farewell to
one admiral and welcomed aboard another at a change of command ceremony held
Sept. 4 at the Naval Support Activity Mid-South.
Rear Admiral Jeffrey W. Hughes relieved Rear Adm. Annie B. Andrews
as commander of NRC.
Andrews has led NRC since August 2013 and earned the Distinguished
Service Medal for her successful tour as the top recruiter in America's Navy.
During her tour at NRC, Andrews directed over 7,400 officers, Sailors, civilians
and contractors in more than 1,477 Navy Recruiting Stations and Navy Officer
Recruiting Stations around the globe. Under Andrews, Navy Recruiting Command
recruited more than 62,522 of America's best and brightest men and women and
commissioned more than 4,004 officers into the United States Navy while
providing the best accession fit requirements in history.
In a message to the command, Andrews thanked her Navy Recruiting
Team for their hard work, initiative and unwavering dedication to the mission.
"Thank you for all that you've done, all that you do, and what you'll
continue to do long after today," said Andrews. "Thanks to you, I have had an
amazing tour. Our recruiters maintain, build, and support our Navy of tomorrow. We have the highest quality of Sailors serving
today because of what you do every day in those small towns and cities."
Hughes is reporting to NRC after a successful tour as Executive
Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98).
Hughes received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical
Engineering from Duke University. He also graduated with a Master's of Arts
Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
With a wealth of experience in aviation, Hughes looks to use his
own unique background to help NRC further reach their goal of recruiting the
21st Century Sailor.
"To the recruiting nation, I am honored to serve among you,
entrusted to deliver to the fleet our most treasured asset--our Sailors," said
Hughes. "We will move forward with vigor and the energy necessary to meet our
Navy's expectations of us. To be successful, we will be a transformative,
learning and agile organization."
Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Bill Moran served as the
presiding officer for the change of command ceremony and Vice Chief of Naval
Operations Admiral Michelle Howard gave remarks as the guest speaker for the
Also in attendance was Rear Adm.
Lillian E. Fishburne (ret.), the first African American woman to reach the rank
of rear admiral in the U.S. Navy.
Andrew's retirement ceremony was held immediately following the
change of command."
I couldn't be at a better place to end my career where I saw every
day America's best, serving and finding America's finest to
uphold democracy for the future of the fleet and the future of America," said
Andrews."Rest assured, I know you have the watch!"
NRC consists of a command
headquarters, two Navy Recruiting Regions and 26 Navy Recruiting Districts which
serve more than 1,477 recruiting stations across the country.
NRC's mission is to recruit the best men and women for America's
Navy to accomplish today's missions and meet tomorrow's challenges.
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