August 24, 2012
Little Creek, VA. - Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21 held a change of command ceremony, Aug. 2 at the Brashear Conference Center on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Ft. Story.
Cmdr. Lloyd B. Mack (CNCS 2008), relieved Cmdr. Jonathan B. Laubach as commanding officer. Mack is the former executive officer of TACRON 21, serving in the position since June 2011.
TACRON 21 is home to 88 Sailors who provide air traffic control and integration of air operations in support of expeditionary strike groups (ESGs).
Under Laubach's guidance, TACRON 21 deployed detachments aboard USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) in support of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet; and Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet. Those detachments were responsible for the safe control of more than 7,000 operational sorties and the expert use of expeditionary air assets to accomplish a wide variety of missions supporting the operations throughout the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operation.
Additionally, Laubach led the squadron's participation in exercise Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious exercise conducted by the U.S. Navy in more than 10 years.
Laubach's next assignment will be as a student at the Dwight D. Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington, D.C.
Mack is a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College and takes command of TACRON 21 after an extensive career path including tours as a navigator instructor, airborne communications officer and TACAMO mission commander evaluator at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4, operational test director for the E-6B at Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 1, Air INSURV and aircraft launch and recovery officer (shooter) aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73), communications, NATOPS and operations officer at VQ-3; and force posture and host nation notification officer at U.S. Pacific Command.
Posted by Jenna M. Gagne, Office of Alumni Affairs
Originally published at http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=69187