JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Captain Brian Weiss relinquished command of Naval Air Station Jacksonville to Captain Jeffery Hill on Friday.
The ceremony took place privately in the back yard of Weiss’ house on the base. Weiss had been in command of NAS Jacksonville since October 2019.
According to a press release, Weiss helped the base with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, at which point it was named the Navy’s Best Air Base for the third year in a row.
Weiss also led NAS Jacksonville through recovery efforts from the Miami Air plane crash. The plane that skidded off the runway into the St. Johns River carried 146 military and family members, civilian employees and contractors.
Hill spent his formative years in military facilities in Germany, Colorado, and North Carolina. He received his assignment through the Officer Candidate School of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
Hill holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University.
He was named an unrestricted naval aviator in March 1999 and has flown MH-60R and SH-60B Seahawk helicopters throughout his career.
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