Story by Lt. Cmdr. Calvin B. Gates, NCTSFE Yokosuka, Japan
(YOKOSUKA, JAPAN) – U.S. Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station Far East (NCTSFE) welcomed a new commanding officer during a change of command ceremony at Fleet Activities Yokosuka Fleet Theater, Oct. 20.
Rear Adm. Gene F. Price, Deputy Commander for U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet presided over the ceremony where Capt. Matthew H. Welsh relieved Capt. Katherine A. Mayer as commanding officer of NCTSFE.
“This has been the most professionally and personally rewarding tour of my 28 year naval career,” said Mayer during the ceremony. “I attribute that the impressively professional workforce that comprises NCTS Far East, the strong friendships that I have built here and the fascinating culture and friendly people of this beautiful country of Japan.”
Mayer’s next assignment will be as Director for Afloat and Ashore Modernization and Integration at Navy Information Dominance Forces located in Suffolk, Va.
Welsh becomes the 33rd commanding officer of NCTSFE, following a tour as Information Operations Warfare Commander for Carrier Strike Group 10 embarked on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69).
“To the men and women, military and civilian, American and Japanese, government and contractor of NCTS Far East and its detachments,” said Welsh. “It is my distinct professional and personal honor and privilege to serve as your commanding officer. From the latest cyber issues to very old physical infrastructure, new capabilities for unit relocation, and an unforgiving fiscal environment, we will continue to rise to every challenge. Our efforts directly support sustained improvements in network security and command and control capability for our war fighting partners afloat and ashore.”
NCTSFE provides reliable, available and secure communications and information technology services critical to naval success in the Far East region, which encompasses nine locations and four time zones. NCTSFE supports 10 Flag Officer commands and 11 other major commands throughout the Far East region.