Hail and Farewell!

Capt. John Sears, JBAB's first commander. (U.S. Navy photo by Defense Media Activity-Navy)

By Joseph P. Cirone
Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling Public Affairs

This afternoon, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) has a new installation commander. In a planned ceremony, Navy Capt. John Sears was relieved by Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra as installation commander, after Sears’ three year tour of duty within Naval District Washington (NDW) was successfully completed.

For more than two years, Sears led staff and joint efforts in planning and successfully implementing the initial and full operating capability (establishment) of JBAB. He served as the command’s first commander, with Air Force Col. Roy-Alan C. Agustin as the command’s vice commander.

Having his completed his pre-determined tour of duty at JBAB, Sears is scheduled to report to an assignment on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations.

Rear Adm. Patrick Lorge, NDW commandant, recognized Sears for his accomplishments and positive attitude whenever faced with the many challenges that presented themselves in the last three years. He presented Sears with a Legion of Merit medal on behalf of the President of the United States.

Lorge welcomed Calandra and his family aboard.

At today’s change of command ceremony, Calandra, a highly decorated, educated and experienced officer, vowed to continue the work and follow the course set by his predecessor, in ensuring JBAB is the nation’s premier Joint Base.

Next week’s edition of Joint Base Journal will have more in depth coverage of today’s ceremony as well as an introduction of the new installation commander.

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