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Visitors at sea;Thunderbolts meet Maj. Gen. Beydler

By Cpl. Rubin J. Tan | | September 6, 2012

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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.


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