Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell takes over as Navy ‘air boss’

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Vice Adm. Kenneth Whitesell relieved Vice Adm. DeWolfe Miller III to become the commander of all Naval Air Forces and the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet during a ceremony Friday, Oct. 2 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt at Naval Air Station North Island. The event was also a retirement ceremony for Miller, who was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal after a career spanning more than 39 years. In his remarks, Miller described his career in the Navy through the perspective of an aircraft carrier pilot departing on a mission. ``All strapped in, engines started, avionics all set up; I know the checklist by heart,'' he said before voicing his appreciation for aviation maintenance and support personnel. Whitesell, who previously served as deputy commander of the
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