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Naval Base Kitsap gains new commanding officer

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BREMERTON, Wash. – After serving on countless deployments and patrols, 13 relocations, and surviving two tours in Washington D.C., Capt. Edward “Alan” Schrader is finally home.

Schrader officially took responsibility of Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) from Capt. Thomas A. Zwolfer at a Change of Command ceremony on Pier Charlie at NBK-Bremerton Sept. 9.

As the NBK commanding officer, Zwolfer was influential in administering the base’s energy conservation projects, which reduce energy costs while protecting the environment. He also oversaw the renovation and conversion of the NBK Evergreen Inn Galley to the now All American Restaurant, to effectively serve the high number of vessels and base personnel.

“I don’t think it is any secret that I have thoroughly enjoyed my job,” Zwolfer said. “I had the opportunity to work with committed and talented people both in and outside of the fence line who care about the people they serve. It has been a pleasure to lead such an outstanding team for the past three years. I want to thank the Navy for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

An installation’s success is predicated on the strength of its relationships within the community. Zwolfer stepped into the job committed to ensuring the Navy was a responsible neighbor and partner, while furthering the community’s awareness of NBK, according to Rear Adm. Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest.

He added, “Alan Schrader is the right officer for the job and will build on Tom Zwolfer’s successes, taking Naval Base Kitsap to the next level.”

Schrader is a 24-year Navy veteran whose assignments include, ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733)(BLUE) commanding officer, Navy ROTC instructor at University of Colorado and most recently, branch head of Operations, Evaluation & Training, Strategic Systems Programs (SP 205), Washington D.C.

“As (my family) drove through the Cascades this summer, we knew we could say our home is in Washington,” Schrader said to the service members, civilian personnel, and guests gathered on Pier Charlie. “I’m excited for the challenge and am humbled for the opportunity to lead all the bases and properties, which make up Naval Base Kitsap – it’s time to get to work.”

Zwolfer, who took command of NBK in July 2013, will move up the road to NBK-Bangor as Mayes’ chief of staff at NRNW.

Naval Base Kitsap provides world-class service, programs and facilities that effectively and efficiently meet the needs of hosted war-fighting commands, tenant activities, crew and employees at several installations including Bangor, Bremerton, Keyport, Manchester and Jackson Park.

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