NEWS | Aug. 9, 2011

Navy Region Southeast to hold change of command ceremony

By Mass Communications Specialist Greg Johnson Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs

Capt. John "Jack" Scorby Jr. will relieve Rear Adm. Townsend "Tim" Alexander as Commander, Navy Region Southeast, during a routine change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 18.

The ceremony will mark an end to Alexander's leadership of the command that supports and guides 17 installations throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve with the men and women, military and civilians, who are the Southeast Region," said Alexander. "I will miss their dedication, professionalism and friendship."

Alexander has commanded CNRSE since January 2009. Under his leadership, installations throughout the region made significant reductions in energy costs through the development of the CNRSE Energy Strategy and the establishment of the Regional Energy Council. As a result, the region will save an estimated $4.2 million with 38 new energy projects during the 2012 fiscal year and will generate an estimated $58 million in new energy projects during the 2013 fiscal year.

He also guided the region during two major natural disaster response efforts. During Operation Unified Response, he established a joint logistics hub at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay within 72 hours of the Haiti earthquake. Additionally, he organized and implemented the Navy's response to the U.S. Coast Guard's call for assistance in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup in the Gulf of Mexico.

Alexander's next assignment will be as Commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic.

Scorby has been selected for rear admiral and comes to CNRSE from his current position as Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, a position he has held since May 2010.

He graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1981 and was commissioned an ensign after completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1983. His operational assignments include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 and Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit 1. He subsequently served as the officer in charge of VPU-1 and commanding officer of VQ-2.

Scorby's other shore assignments include the Bureau of Naval Personnel, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Chief of Naval Operations and Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

He holds a Master of Science in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Master of Arts in national security and strategic studies from the College of Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College and a Master of Arts in national resource strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.