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NSA Annapolis Holds Change of Command Ceremony (2023)

17 July 2023

From MC2 Griffin Kersting

Capt. Chris Schwarz, relieved Capt. Homer Denius as commanding officer of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis during a change of command ceremony at Mahan Hall, July 14, 2023.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Capt. Chris Schwarz, relieved Capt. Homer Denius as commanding officer of Naval Support Activity (NSA) Annapolis during a change of command ceremony at Mahan Hall, July 14, 2023.

“Homer, you’ve had an incredible tour here in Annapolis these past five years,” said presiding officer Vice Admiral Sean Buck, superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy. “And while your active service as a naval officer may soon be ending, your contributions to our Naval Academy, our Navy and Marine Corps, and our nation will be felt for years to come through the people you have mentored and led throughout your career.”

Under Denius’ leadership, NSA Annapolis supported the Naval Academy's more than 4,400 Midshipmen, more than 6,000 employees, and more than two million visitors a year. Additionally, NSA Annapolis maintained all facilities which included over 120 aging historic buildings and associated infrastructure that must be maintained to National Historic Registry site standards.

“This ceremony is about paying due respect for those that got me here,” said Denius. “Those in attendance today that developed me to succeed and more importantly helped me through my failures. Those who care about my family, those who are my role models and those that I spent so much time with away from home.”

Prior to reporting to Annapolis, Schwarz served as the Commanding Officer of Naval Leadership and Ethics Command Dam Neck.

“I’m extremely excited and humbled for the opportunity to lead an amazing and dedicated team of professionals here at NSA Annapolis,” said Schwarz. “And to continue to build on all of the amazing work Captain Denius has accomplished over the last five years in support of both USNA and our partnerships with the City of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.”

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