Norfolk, Va. – A Change of Command Ceremony is taking place today at Naval Station Norfolk.
Commander Michael C. Bratley will assume command of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron Forty (VRC-40) “Rawhides”.
It’s happening at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field.
Bratley relieves Cmdr Hugh E. Winkel, Navy officials say.
Winkel has commanded the squadron since March, 2013. His next assignment will be to the Naval War College in Newport, RI.
Bratley, a Navy pilot, has served as the squadron’s executive officer since March, 2013. He received his Wings of Gold in 1999 and has amassed 3,000 hours flying the C-2A “Greyhound” and E-2C “Hawkeye” aircraft. Bratley also has logged more than 500 carrier arrested landings, according to a release from the Navy.
The Rawhides operate the C-2A Greyhound, known as the “Workhorse of the Fleet.” The twin-engine turbo prop aircraft provides logistics support in the form of transporting personnel, parts and mail to all the Navy’s aircraft carriers on deployment.