Naval Fighter Squadron Change of Command

The changing of command in the United States Navy is filled with tradition. As Commander Steve Foley handed over the reigns of Strike Fighter Squadron Eight Two, based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, to Commander Tom Halley, the country honored him. For the commanders, the passing of the torch is an opportunity to recognize some of the people they work with.

Commander Foley says everyone in the squadron is vitally important, and he should know, since he led them through part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"I'm going to miss their dedication, their leadership, their commitment to honor and courage," he said.

For the Eight Two's new commander, it's going to be a quick honeymoon before they have to get back to work.

"We're going on cruise in a month, so I'm looking forward to getting all my guys on the ship, getting them combat ready, and getting them back with all their fingers and toes in the next seven months," said Halley. "That's my job."

Commander Foley's moving on to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

Reported by: Chris Cowperthwaite, ccowperthwaite@wtoc.com