WHITING FIELD — Navy Capt. Doug Rosa will assume command of the Navy’s largest training wing and assume the title of commodore during change-of-command ceremony Thursday at Naval Air Station Whiting Field, according to a news release from the installation.
Marine Col. Dave Morris, who has served as commodore of Training Air Wing Five since September 2017, will turn over command of the wing at a ceremony set for 10 a.m. at Cmdr. Clyde E. Lassen Auditorium.
Rosa enlisted in the Navy in 1984. He was commissioned as an officer in 1994 and became a Navy aviator three years later. He was selected for command in 2009 and served as an executive officer in Norfolk, Virginia. Immediately prior to coming to Whiting Field in August 2017 as deputy commodore of Training Wing Five, Rosa served as command center director at North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command.
Morris served four years as an enlisted Marine until December 1989. In December 1992, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. Designated as a naval aviator in March 1996, he was assigned to fly the KC-130 aircraft. He has served with the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and has worked at the Pentagon on the staff of the secretary of defense. He became deputy commodore for Training Air Wing Five in March 2016 and was named the wing's commodore in September 2017.
As Training Air Wing Five's new commodore, Rosa will assume responsibility for an estimated 43 percent of the Chief of Naval Air Training Command's total flight time and more than 14 percent of Navy and Marine Corps' flight time worldwide. More than 1,200 personnel complete their essential flight training through Training Wing Five annually.
Col. Jeffrey Pavelko will become the wing's new deputy commodore.
The guest speaker at the change-of-command ceremony will be Rear Adm. Gregory Harris, chief of Naval Air Training.