NEWS | March 13, 2014

Navy Region Southeast Commander visits JB Charleston

By Airman 1st Class Clayton Cupit Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Rear Adm. Rick Williamson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, visited Joint Base Charleston March 11, 2014.

Williamson assumed command of NRSE Aug. 29, 2013, aboard Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., and made the trip to JB Charleston, along with members of his staff to learn about the benefits of joint basing, and to chat with servicemembers.

After an early morning meeting with JB Charleston commanding officer, Col. Jeffrey DeVore and other joint base leadership, Williamson embarked on a whirlwind tour which included stops at Space and Naval Welfare Systems Center Atlantic, the Naval Consolidated Brig Charleston, the Nuclear Power Training Unit, the Naval Health Clinic Charleston and the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command. He also received a windshield tour of the various base facilities on the Weapons Station.

"I was stationed here early in my career," said Williamson. "It's nice to come back after 25 years to see how much the area has grown and what the Sailors and Airmen do every day to support the variety of missions in Charleston.

"The joint base team here is one of the best I've seen," said Williamson. "There is great collaboration between the Air Force and Navy."

"Our services each have our different cultures, but it's clear that our people are communicating together," said Williamson.

Although those cultures can seem to be very different, they can also lead to improving mission accomplishment.

"By adopting the best practices from both services, the Navy and the Air Force, we enable each other to perform our mission better," said Williamson. "There's a lot we both do very well and we are learning from each other.

"One team, one fight," said Williamson.