Friends, family and well-wishers gathered Dec. 19 at the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Chapel to say goodbye to Lt. Michael Geoghegan, who served as the Naval Support Activity South Potomac command chaplain since 2010. Geoghegan moves to Naval Station Norfolk for his next tour, where he will serve onboard USS Kearsarge.
Geoghegan received a Navy Achievement Medal for his outstanding performance managing the "Installation Religious Program supporting two geographically separated installations, with two dozen commands and activities, and a workforce of over 10,000 personnel and 900 residents," according to the award citation.
Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP, praised Geoghegan for his accomplishments while serving the command, especially with regard to youth ministries. Geoghegan's tour at NSASP was his first-ever Navy tour, making his performance all the more impressive, said Nette.
"When you bring your line of work to the military, it can be eye-opening and challenging," said Nette.
Nette then gave the floor to Geoghegan, who thanked him as well as Cmdr. Elvis Mikel, executive officer of NSASP, and Master Chief Petty Officer James Honea, command master chief.
"The captain is a brave man giving the floor to a preacher," said Geoghegan. "Sir, it's been pleasure serving with you. XO, master chief, I've learned a lot from all three of you. I appreciate everything from you and your families as well."
Geoghegan added thanks for his own family and to everyone else who was a part of his time at NSASP. "It's been a good ride and a great first tour," he said. "I look around the room and think of people who have come and gone. You really made my transition into the Navy, not only for myself, but for [my wife] Terry and the kids, easy… thank you."