Aloha Capt. Keeve, welcome Capt. Bernard

Capt. Stanley Keeve, Jr., departing commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, (left) speaks to guests during the JBPHH change of command ceremony at Kilo Pier, June 15. Looking on are Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific (center), and Capt. Jeff Bernard, the new commander of JBPHH (right). Photo by David D. Underwood, Jr.

Blair Martin Gradel

Joint Base Pearl Harbor- Hickam Public Affairs

Capt. Jeff Bernard relieved Capt. Stanley Keeve, Jr. as the commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) during a change of command ceremony at Kilo Piers, June 15.

Rear Adm. John Fuller, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, was the keynote speaker and also presented Keeve with the Legion of Merit Award for his service as commander of JBPHH.

“Keeve’s vast stewardship resulted in his installation’s receipt of numerous accolades including the 2014 and 2015 Secretary of the Navy Energy Program award, the 2015 Navy Lodge Carlson Award, the 2015 State of Hawaii Invasive Species award and the 2016 Retention Excellence Award,” Fuller said reading Keeve’s award citation.

Keeve took command in July 2014 as the third commander of JBPHH. Keeve, who is a native of the Washington D.C. area, will return to the East Coast to take a 2017 to 2018 Secretary of Defense corporate fellowship.

During Keeve’s speech, he reflected on his accomplishments as commander, giving the credit to all the personnel attached to JBPHH.

“It has been an honor to serve as base commanding officer for such a historic installation that has been instrumental in our nation’s history,” Keeve said. “It also has been an honor to serve the men and women of the Joint Base. I will miss them,” he added.

Keeve and Bernard took turns reading their orders to the audience, which represents the official command turnover.

“I feel blessed to be given the opportunity to lead such a fine organization,” Bernard said. “The JBPHH team has distinguished itself on many fronts over the past three years and I am very excited about the opportunities ahead as we forge new relationships and build on past ones to provide the best service available to the finest Navy and Air Force on the planet.”

A native of Memphis, Tennessee; Bernard comes to Hawaii from the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in Norfolk, Virginia. He previously served in Hawaii as the commanding officer of submarine, USS La Jolla (SSN 701); executive assistant to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet; executive officer of USS Chicago (SSN 721); and Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board.

At the close of the ceremony, the audience enjoyed the water tribute, or “tug hula,” performed by four Joint Base tugboats.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is home to the Air Force’s key strategic flight line in the Pacific and the Navy’s most historically significant home-port, covering 44.7 square miles and providing comprehensive readiness support and customer service to 176 tenant commands.

(Editor’s note: Capt. Stanley Keeve, Jr. bids farewell to the Joint Base community with an aloha message. See page A-3.)

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