10/13/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/13/2017 10:22
By Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman Roberto Salas, Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Det. Atsugi Public Affairs
NAVAL AIR FACILITY ATSUGI, Japan (NNS) -- The Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training (CNATT) Det. Atsugi, Japan, hosted a change of charge ceremony at the Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Club Trilogy ballroom Oct. 12.
Chief Warrant Officer (CWO) 5 Norman M. Valentine turned over responsibilities to CWO4 Aris J. McKenzie during the ceremony, where NAF Atsugi Commanding Officer Capt. Lloyd B. Mack served as presiding officer. Valentine, who served as the CNATT Det. Atsugi officer in charge since February 2015, expressed his confidence in the detachment's staff and instructors as he spoke to the nearly 100 attendees during the ceremony.
'As you continue to meet and exceed expectations, there will be challenges,' said Valentine. 'However, I am confident that you are equipped with the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to overcome adversity. You are resourceful and you are diligent, and I am confident that our team will walk or run the extra mile to serve honorably under the outstanding leadership of CWO4 McKenzie.'
Valentine retired after the ceremony, marking the end of his 33-year U.S. Navy career.
Under Valentine's leadership, CNATT Det. Atsugi service members delivered 327 courses; training more than 2,500 students. The command also achieved a score of 97 percent in curriculum management during the 2017 CNATT area visit, received a 2015 Navy Community Service Personal Excellence Partnership Flagship Award and the Fiscal Year 2016 Retention Excellence Award.
CNATT Det. Atsugi also received two Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Micro Miniature (2M) site certifications and two Naval Undersea Warfare Center Module Test and Repair Training Site certifications.
Additionally, Valentine was instrumental in CNATT Det. Atsugi being awarded the Nippon Zenkokai award, contributing more than 800 command volunteer hours at various community outreach efforts.
McKenzie, who most recently served as the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 51 assistant maintenance officer, addressed the staff as their officer in charge for the first time during the ceremony.
'Today, marks an important milestone in my career,' said McKenzie. 'I am honored to have been given the opportunity to lead such an outstanding group of professionals. Together, we'll continue the excellence that the name CNATT Det. Atsugi engenders.'
CNATT Det. Atsugi delivers and supports aviation technical training through various 'C' and 'F' school courses as the only schoolhouse available to forward deployed naval forces.
CNATT is the technical training agent for the Naval Aviation Enterprise; an organization designed to advance and sustain naval aviation warfighting capabilities at an affordable cost, and is the largest training center under the Naval Education and Training Command.
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