JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. (WAVY) - Rear Admiral Kevin D. Scott relieved Rear Admiral Michelle J.Howard as commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 during achange-of-command ceremony on Monday at Joint Expeditionary BaseLittle Creek - Fort Story.
Scott most recently served as Director, Expeditionary WarfareDivision, Washington, D.C.
As the commander of ESG 2, Scott will oversee 15 amphibiousships and Naval Beach Group (NBG) 2's four tenant commands. ESG 2is comprised of five amphibious assault ships, four amphibioustransport dock ships, and six dock landing ships.
A native of Portsmouth, Va., and New York City, N.Y., Scott is agraduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, NavalPostgraduate School, U.S. Naval War College, and the Joint ForcesStaff College. He holds a Master of Arts in National Security andStrategic Studies.
Scott commanded Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 14from February 2000 to March 2001. From July 2005 to July 2007 hecommanded Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 1 as Commodore.
Howard assumed command of ESG 2 and Combined Task Force (CTF)151 in 2009. On deployment, she served as commander of the taskforce involved in the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips who wastaken hostage after Somali pirates attacked the cargo ship MaerskAlabama.
Her new assignment will be Chief of Staff, J5, Joint Staff,Washington, D.C.
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