At the end of this month, a man with a friendly and familiar face seen around Central Florida Research Park for the past four years will be ending his term as Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division’s (NAWCTSD) commanding officer, and retiring from the Navy.
On Friday, April 29, at 10 a.m., Captain Wes Naylor will relinquish command of NAWCTSD and Naval Support Activity Orlando to Captain Erik “Rock” Etz in a change of command ceremony. Naylor completes a two-year term as the commanding officer, and as those before him, Etz moves from his position as executive officer to commanding officer. Vice Admiral Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel, will be the guest speaker.
“It’s been an absolute honor to serve with the tremendous professionals at NAWCTSD,” Naylor said. “Their dedication to meeting the needs of our Sailors’ training requirements is truly humbling to watch every day. I can’t think of any place I would have rather finished my naval service than with this great group of professionals, and wish them and all of our Team Orlando partners, the best success in the years to come.”
Naylor will remain in Orlando and has accepted a faculty position at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College, where he will be working in the areas of leadership management and training. He also joined the Coe Group as president and managing partner, and will help to build the business development needs of their industry partners in Orlando. “Lisa [Coe] and the Coe Group are an impressive part of the Orlando community, and we look forward to great success ahead,” Naylor said.
The ceremony will celebrate Naylor’s Navy retirement, and his 27 years of distinguished service.