USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea --
USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – Maj. Gen. William Beydler, U.S. Central Command’s director of strategy, plans and policy, visited the USS Enterprise while deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Aug. 19.
Upon arriving aboard the carrier he met Navy Rear Adm. Ted Carter Jr., Carrier Strike Group 12 commander and Navy Capt. William Hamilton, USS Enterprise commanding officer.
During his visit, Beydler visited various command and control spaces aboard the carrier.
“Having the opportunity to speak to our senior leadership lets us view a different perspective and also see the concerns our leaders are facing,” said Capt. Lee Haight, the ground safety officer for Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251.
Officers and staff non-commissioned officers also had the opportunity to meet the general and ask questions inside the VMFA-251 ready room. The distinguished visitor was also presented a plaque by the squadron’s commanding officer.
“The opportunity to ask your leadership questions gives everyone a chance to hear directly from your leaders, which takes away assumptions and it also allows leaders to know the concerns of their Marines,” said Sgt. Maj. Leveta Smith, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 251 sergeant major and native of Lewisburg, N.C.
In 1994 Beydler joined the “Thunderbolts” of VMFA- 251 as the aircraft maintenance office. During his tenure, the squadron deployed aboard aircraft carrier USS America as part of Carrier Air Wing 1 in support of combat operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq.
Major General Beydler was also the Marine Aircraft Group 31 commanding officer in 2006.
The carrier is currently conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom before decommissioning after more than 50 years of service.