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Naval Academy YP Squadron Leadership Changes Hands

Posted on: May 01, 2013 08:00 EDT by MC2 Alexia Riveracorrea

The Naval Academy held the Spring 2013 Yard Patrol Craft Squadron change of command ceremony April 30 in Mahan Hall to recognize the relief of the squadron commodore and four YP commanding officers.

Midshipman 1st Class Charles Johnson was relieved by Midshipman 2nd Class Colin Schuhlein as YP squadron commodore.

Guest speaker Cmdr. Doyle Hudges, chairman of the Seamanship and Navigation Department shared a few words on leadership at the beginning of the ceremony.

“As smart, articulate, intelligent and capable leaders, you need to ensure and help others see and understand where it is that you want them to go. What seems perfectly clear to you may not make sense to them,” said Hudges. “It is also important to find out what makes your men and women excited, frustrated, distracted, angry, scared and happy.”

Hudges congratulated both commanding officers for their exceptional job.

“The drive, energy and enthusiasm of the men and women I had the privilege to lead - every success this semester has been the result of that. I am going to miss this job, this academy, the experience, and the shared camaraderie,” said Johnson.

The new squadron commodore said he was humbled and honored to be selected to lead next semester’s YP squadron.

“There is no better place to develop ourselves morally, mentally and physically,” said Schuhlein.

Johnson was presented with a naval officer’s sword on behalf of the Surface Navy Association as a symbol of his hard work and dedication as YP commodore for spring semester 2013.

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