By Staff Sgt. Kelly S Carlton (Leonard Wood)October 22, 2015
Navy Lt. Brian Wood relieved Navy Lt. Albetro Alshabazz as officer in charge of the Equipment Operator and Engineering Aide Schools and Prime Power School for Mobile Utilities Support Equipment training, during a change of charge ceremony held at Memorial Grove on post, Oct. 15.
"It is my sincere pleasure, honor and privilege to have this opportunity to serve as the officer in charge of this outstanding detachment," Wood said. "I would like to thank the staff, both military and civilian, for your hospitality, professionalism and thorough preparation. You have made an outstanding first impression."
Navy Capt. Glenn Hubbard, commanding officer for Fort Leonard Wood's Center for Seabees and Facilities Engineering Detachment, remarked on Wood's selection for being assigned to the detachment.
"I want to welcome Lt. Brian Wood and his wife, Leigh, to the Fort Leonard Wood community," Hubbard said. "You come so highly recommended from your prior leadership that I know you're the right guy."
After being presented the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal for his two years of service at the detachment, Alshabazz thanked his leadership team, especially Senior Chief Petty Officer Larry Fulbright, detachment senior enlisted advisor.
"My battle buddy . . . your honesty, integrity and leadership have served our detachment well," a visibly emotional Alshabazz said. "Thank you for your service, your friendship, your dedication in helping every Sailor achieve their best."
The CSFE detachment schools' mission is to train Seabees as engineer aides and surveyors.
"To the students -- your training is our purpose. I assure you that I do not take this assignment lightly," Wood said. "I thank you for your willingness to serve . . . whether you joined for college, patriotism or other reasons, the commitment you have made is not to be taken lightly. I am honored to be part of a team that will continue to provide world-class training."
Wood offered his gratitude to Alshabazz for the smooth transition and informed Hubbard he was prepared to take charge.
"Skipper, my Family and I are all in. I appreciate your guidance and I am ready to take the reins," Wood said.