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Naval Support Activity South Potomac said goodbye to Cmdr. Elvis Mikel, former executive officer of NSASP, at a March 19 ceremony and luncheon at the Community House at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren. Mikel departs NSASP for Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, where he will take command.

“We’re here to say farewell to our esteemed colleague, the XO,” said Capt. Pete Nette, commanding officer of NSASP, who thanked Mikel for his three years of dedicated service to the command. “He wore many hats in every lane you can think of. I think he’s done a great job and we really wouldn’t be where we are without his knowledge and expertise. We’re going to miss you, but we also congratulate you.”

Nette presented Mikel with the Volunteer Service Medal for “outstanding public service with several community organizations,” according to the citation. “Your dedication and tenacious commitment to the community during off-duty hours is an inspiration to all. Your genuine concern and generous spirit reflect your high regard for the Navy’s core values.”

Mikel thanked a long list of people for their own dedication during his tenure at NSASP, including Nette, Command Master Chief Petty Officer Jim Honea, past and present members of the NSASP staff, MWR, the Fleet and Family Service Center, security personnel and of course, the Sailors assigned to the command.

“To all the military members of South Potomac, this is a small family, a small command and there are advantages in that,” said Mikel. “We all have each others’ backs and we all help each other out. I think that is what makes this command unique, what makes us special and helps us accomplish our mission. We all lend a hand and we’re all shipmates-it’s been a pleasure working with all of you. Thank you everyone.”

Nette, Mikel and other members of NSASP also welcomed the command’s new executive officer, Cmdr. Chris Zayatz, and his family, who came to the command after completing a tour with Commander, Task Force 56 in Bahrain.