Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif --
The Combat Center's Robert E. Bush Naval Hospital received a new commanding officer June 28, as Navy Capt. Jay Sourbeer relieved Navy Capt. Ann Bobeck of command at the hospital.
“A few minutes ago you witnessed a time honored Navy tradition in a change of command ceremony,” Bobeck said . “With a few simple words the torch of leadership was passed from one to another.”
Sourbeer comes to the Combat Center after serving as the executive officer of Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Wash.
“It's a humbling blessing and an honor to be entrusted to lead within this team,” said Sourbeer. “We have a great team and a noble mission and I know we will learn from each other and do great things as we face the challenges ahead.”
Rear Adm. C. Forrest Faison III, commander, Naval Medicine West and Naval Medical Center San Diego presided over the change of command. They both spoke to the audience about Bobeck and Sourbeer.
“You are witnessing the transfer of leadership from one outstanding officer to another, as Capt. Ann Bobeck passes the mantle of command to Capt. Jay Sourbeer,” said Faison.
The change comes after Bobeck’s two years as the commanding officer of the hospital. In conjunction with the change of command, Bobeck retired from the Navy Medical Service Corps after 29 years of service. Bobeck took time during the ceremony to remember her time in the Navy and at Naval Hospital Twentynine Palms.
“Twentynine Palms is a unique community and a unique Navy hospital in the middle of the Mojave Desert with one of the operationally significant missions for a (continental United States) hospital in the Navy,” Bobeck said.