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On The Base: NSA Mid-South Holds Change of Command

By William JamiesonNSA Mid-South

Naval Support Activity Mid-South held a change of command ceremony at the Pat Thompson Convention Center on board NSA Mid-South on July 28.
Capt. Douglas H. Walker relieved Capt. Stephen M. Fimple as commanding officer of NSA Mid-South. Rear Adm. Rickey Williamson, commander of Navy Region Midwest, gave the ceremony’s keynote address.
“Command is the pinnacle achievement of an officer’s career,” said Williamson. “Captain Fimple has met every challenge with superb judgment, thorough planning and flawless execution. He has excelled in a culture that demands near-perfect performance.”
Williamson presented Fimple with the Legion of Merit Medal as an end-of-tour award. Fimple said the award was a reflection of the hard work and diligence that was the hallmark of the NSA Mid-South team.
“This installation is a great place because of the pride and professionalism you [NSA Mid-South personnel] display in managing your individual programs,” said Fimple. “I am able to wear this award because of you, and I truly appreciate everything you have accomplished in my time here.”
Upon assuming command, Walker recognized Fimple’s hard work and leadership throughout his tenure at NSA Mid-South.
“During his time here, Capt. Fimple has led a command that is leading the fleet in many areas, from energy efficiency to standard of living initiatives,” said Walker. “He has helped to make Naval Support Activity Mid-South one of the finest places, not just military installations, but places in the country to live and work. I know he is going to be a tough act to follow, but I’m going to do my very best to ensure the fine work he has overseen continues.”
Walker went on to praise the Millington community for their continued support of NSA Mid-South
“I am also very happy to work in a location with such a distinguished history of strong civilian community support for the armed services,” said Walker. “The Mid-South cares about this base, they care about the people who work here and they care about the good you are doing for the Navy. “
Prior to reporting to NSA Mid-South as Commanding Officer, Captain Walker was assigned as Operations Officer on board USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) where he has deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
A part of the Navy Region Midwest and the Navy Installations Command, NSA Mid-South serves as the Navy’s Human Resources Center of Excellence. Headquartered onboard NSA Mid-South are Navy Personnel Command, Navy Recruiting Command, the Navy Manpower Analysis Center, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Finance Center. More than 7,500 military, civilian, and contract personnel are assigned/work on base.

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