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Navy Establishes MESG-1 Det. Guam

By JoAnna Delfin
Posted: February 8, 2012

SANTA RITA, Guam – Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MSRON) 7 was officially disestablished and Maritime Expeditionary Security Group (MESG) 1 Det. Guam was established during a ceremony on U.S. Naval Base Guam, Feb. 3.
 

The disestablishment of the command is part of a directive from the vice chief of naval operations. As part of the plan, MSRON-7 disestablished and restructured as MESG-1 Det. Guam, which will continue to provide embarked security teams in support of Pacific Fleet operations.

Rear. Adm. Michael Tillotson, commander of Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, was the event's guest speaker and described the disestablishment of the command as an evolution in naval forces.

"You have to be able to adapt," he said. "I think when you look at the climate that we're in as far as our government in transition, transitions primarily because of the budgets that we're dealing with is, we have to be innovative. This force has been innovative and it's definitely great to be here."

Capt. Eric Moss, MESG-1 commanding officer, commended MSRON-7 Sailors for their hard work and dedication and encouraged them to continue their efforts fulfilling their mission.

"You should be proud of the record you've helped etch for MSRON-7 that today closes out in our Navy's history books, but then restarts as a new chapter in maritime security with a force reduced by the numbers, but not by the talent of the Sailors who will now carry on as MESG 1 Det. Guam," he said.

More than 150 Sailors from MSRON-7 will continue their tour under MESG-1 Det. Guam.

During the ceremony, MSRON-7 Commanding Officer Cmdr. David Suchyta officially disestablished the command as the colors and his pennant were lowered from the flagpole and MESG-1 Det. Guam's commodore's pennant was raised.

"It's a very bittersweet moment," he said. "I've been here on Guam for three years and I will take a lot of great memories with me."

Tillotson presented Suchyta with the Navy Meritorious Service Medal for his service as MSRON-7's commanding officer. Under Suchyta's lead, MSRON-7 protected 10 special mission ships operating in the East and South China Seas, four logistic ships in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf, 26 aircraft visiting high-threat airfields, and securely guided high-ranking passengers during special missions. Additionally, the command was awarded the 2009 Sister Village Award for executing a community service program that assisted its sister village of Sinajana.

"To my Sailors, I am proud, I am very proud to count myself among the professionals who have served at MSRON 7," Suchyta said. "You never let me down. On short notice you've demonstrated you can pack up, go to a foreign land, sustain yourselves and accomplish the mission. You've embraced the necessary thoughtful planning, realistic training and steady discipline."

MSRON-7 Executive Officer Cmdr. Michael O'Driscoll was assigned as the officer-in-charge of MESG-1 Det. Guam.

"I feel honored to be asked to be the officer-in-charge of Det. Guam," O'Driscoll said. "The importance of Guam and what the Sailors here do is why there's so much of a fight to keep us here," he said.

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