Air Force Col. John T. Caranta III assumed command of the Joint Spectrum Center (JSC) from Navy Capt. Steven J. Averett at a change of command ceremony held Sept. 15 in Annapolis, Maryland.
Family members, friends, and colleagues joined in to bid farewell to Averett and to welcome Caranta to the command.
Caranta comes to JSC from his most recent assignment as deputy chief of the Cyber Operations Division, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
Averett served as the director of the Joint Spectrum Center since September 2014. His next assignment is serving as the director of communications and information systems for the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.
DISA Director Army Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn presided over the ceremony, which was attended by several distinguished guests, including: DISA Vice Director Navy Rear Adm. Nancy Norton; retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Earl Matthews; Alan Lewis, director of the Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO); Frederick Moorefield Jr., director for spectrum policy and programs in the office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer; Stuart Timmerman, vice director of the DISA Development and Business Center; Robert (Mike) Williams, DSO deputy director; and Air Force Col. David Bosko of the Air Force Spectrum Management Office.
Lynn’s remarks celebrated Averett’s achievements, noting that he left a solid foundation for the incoming commander. He presented the Defense Superior Service Medal to Averett in recognition of his outstanding service in command of the Joint Spectrum Center.
During his farewell speech, Averett gave thanks to the personnel of the Joint Spectrum Center and appreciated their dedication. He also conveyed his love and gratitude for his wife, Devisa.
Next, the ceremonial passing of the colors was performed by Lynn, Averett, Caranta, and Marine Corps MSgt. Jeffrey Moore, the senior enlisted service member in the unit. The passing of the unit colors represented command transferring from Averett to Caranta.
After taking command, Caranta remarked on the importance of the mission of the Joint Spectrum Center and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve with an exceptional team. He thanked his family for their support, and his wife, Rachel, was presented with a bouquet of yellow roses to welcome her into the Joint Spectrum Center family.
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