COMMANDER TRAINING COMMAND UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET
30 June 1972
30 June 1972
On the occasion of your retirement from active naval service I wish to extend to you, not only for myself but also on behalf of the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Navy and the chief of Naval Operations, sincere appreciation for the thirty years of dedicated service that you have given to your country and to the United States Navy.
In the course of your thirty years of service, you have had a wide variety of duty assignments, both at sea and ashore. I note that you have served at sea as executive officer of the radar picket destroyer DYESS, and have achieved the ultimate goal of every Navy line officer, command at sea, in the destroyer escort McCOY REYNOLDS, the radar picket destroyer H. W. TUCKER, and the ammunition ship PARICUTIN. Your assignments ashore have been equally varied and challenging and include command of the Naval Ammunition Depot at McAlester, Oklahoma. And finally, I have personal knowledge of, and am particularly grateful for, your outstanding performance in your final active duty tour as Commander Nuclear Weapons Training Group, Pacific. I also note with pleasure that you have earned numerous campaign and service medals in addition to the Meritorious Service Medal.
You have served your country and the Navy with honor, devotion and distinction during a career which encompassed service during World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam operations. Your final tour of active naval service as Commander Nuclear Weapons Training Group, Pacific was particularly noteworthy in that you provided dynamic leadership, an inspiring example of personal dedication, and a wealth of operational and technical knowledge gained through years of experience in the field of nuclear weaponry to advance the viability of all phases of nuclear weapons training, thereby making a significant contribution to improved nuclear weapons maintenance, handling, safety and tactics in the Pacific Fleet.
Swede, it is with sincere regret that I see you retire from active naval service. I wish to extend both official and personal gratitude for your contributions to the naval service throughout your distinguished career, and most recently to the Training Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet. I am sure that your many shipmates, friends, and associates join me in wishing you health, happiness, and good fortune in your new undertakings. Good luck, and a hearty "Wel1 Done".
ROGER W. PAINE, Jr. Rear Admiral, United States Navy
Captain Ralph M. Hanson, Jr., USN Commander Nuclear Weapons Training Group, Pacific Naval Air Station, North Island San Diego, California 92135
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