WASHINGTON - Vice Adm. William D. French, (CNW 1999), relieved Vice Adm. Michael C. Vitale as Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) during a change of command ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard Feb. 3.
"During the last six years I have been with the CNIC enterprise I have learned that we have some of the best, brightest, and most talented professionals in the Navy," said French. "Under Vice Admiral Vitale's leadership the CNIC team has set the example for how an enterprise should function and have established immense credibility on how you are meeting customer needs. I'm honored to be taking command at this point in the history of the command."
French was promoted shortly before the event after having a successful tour at Navy Region Southwest in San Diego, Calif., where he accomplished major milestones toward energy and water conservation and numerous other green initiatives. French, the son of an Air Force officer and native of San Antonio, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in May, 1979. He earned a Master of Science degree from Naval Postgraduate School in 1985 and a Master of Arts from the Naval War College in 1999.
A career submarine officer, French has served on a number of submarines and commanded USS Salt Lake City (SSN 716) and Submarine Squadron 3 in Pearl Harbor. His prior flag officer commands include tours at Navy Region Northwest, Navy Region Marianas in Guam, and Navy Region Southwest.
"I am proud to be part of such a superb organization, and look I forward to working with you over the next few years," French said.
CNIC oversees a $10 billion budget, more than 83,000 facilities and 58,000 personnel, all managed from a single unified enterprise.
By Patrick Foughty, Commander, Navy Installations Command Public Affairs
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