Naval Support Activity Mid-South to Welcome New Commander

Naval Support Activity Mid-South to Welcome New Commander
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South will hold a change of command ceremony on February 25, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Mid-South Conference Center, 5700 Attu St, Millington, TN 38053.
Capt. Michael S. Wathen of Evansville, Indiana, will relinquish command to Capt. Alonza “Al” Ross of Ashland, Mississippi, during a traditional Navy ceremony.
The guest speaker for the ceremony is Rear Adm. Babette “Bette” Bolivar who served as the Commander, Navy Region Southeast during Wathen’s tour.
“Captain Wathen has done a tremendous job representing the Navy in this tight knit Millington community,” said Bolivar. “I am excited to welcome Captain Ross and his family to the Southeast Region team.”
Ross is no stranger to the installation or the local area. He is taking command after a successful tour as Director of Enlisted Distribution Division at Navy Personnel Command on board NSA Mid-South. Ross has also previously served as the executive officer for the installations Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island, and Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“Command is one of the highest levels of trust that the Navy can place in a naval officer. I have seen first-hand how important the role of installations is in supporting warfighter capabilities and readiness,” said Ross. “I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to continuing Captain Wathen’s work here in Millington.”
Wathen has been the commander of NSA Mid-South since July 2017. He is following on to serve as the executive officer of the Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in Newport, Rhode Island.
“My time in command of Naval Support Activity Mid-South has been unbelievably rewarding. The way this community supports the installation and its service members is truly amazing. Millington is the quintessential Navy town.” said Wathen. “We encountered our share of challenges, but working together we have made the Navy and the Mid-South better. I am going to miss being here.”

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