NAS CORPUS CHRISTI — During an in-air change of command ceremony above Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Rear Admiral Daniel Dwyer relieved Rear Admiral Gregory Harris as the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).
The air show, featuring two T-45C Goshawk jets piloted by the rear admirals, was followed by a formal ceremony on the ground.
“I am very thankful to relieve Admiral Greg Harris—a longtime friend. He is a phenomenal naval aviator and naval officer. He has set CNATRA on the right vector to innovate, to lead change, and to develop a future naval force using cutting edge technology,” said Dwyer. “I am just incredibly lucky to follow him and to continue that profile that he has established.”
Dwyer will lead the Naval Air Training Command, which oversees all pilot training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard through five training air wings in three states, including Texas. He recently served as the commander of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG9) in San Diego, CA where he led 7,000 sailors across nine ships.
“Our mission is simple: To train future naval aviators and naval flight officers, so when called upon they will win,” Dwyer said emphasizing that, “Our navy is the only navy that can conduct prompt and sustained combat operations any day, any night—around the world.”
Harris will assume the role of director of Air Warfare at the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N98) at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. He initially assumed command from Rear Admiral James Bynum on board the USS Lexington in July 2018.