It’s always nice to see someone from the hometown make it big. Bath, Maine, is known as “The City of Ships” for good reasons, it’s connection to shipbuilding and the US Navy going back literally centuries. Now, one of our own has a chance to leave his mark in Naval Aviation. I had meant to write about it before, but it’s better late than never.
From WAVY.COM comes the following article.
NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Captain Thomas M. Cashman relieved Captain Steven R. Schreiber as Commander, Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic (CHSCWL) on Thursday during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.
Cashman reported to the wing as deputy commander in September, 2008, following an assignment with the U. S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Commander and Chief of Current Actions Branch, Operations Division (J3). His previous command tour included the Helicopter Mine Counter Measures Squadron ONE FOUR (HM-14) “Vanguard” at Naval Station Norfolk.
The incoming deputy commander is Captain Paul M. Esposito, who is reporting from the OPNAV staff.
Schreiber had been with the wing since September, 2007, when he reported as deputy commander. He assumed command in September, 2008. During his tour as wing commander, Schreiber oversaw the rapid deployment of over 600 personnel and 32 helicopters to Haiti that provided disaster relief support following the devastating earthquake in January. He previously commanded the Helicopter Support Squadron FIVE (HS-5) “Nightdippers” in Jacksonville, Florida.
Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic includes ten operational squadrons, two training squadrons, two weapons schools and several aviation support and training units comprising nearly 5,000 sailors and over 130 helicopters. It is the largest aviation type wing in the U.S. Navy.
God Speed, and Good Hunting, Captain Cashman!