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CDR. Liedman on to next assignment

In a brief ceremony that upholds one of the highest traditions of the United States Navy, Commander Jiancarlo Villa will assume command of the Patrol Squadron EIGHT "Fighting Tigers" from Commander Sean Liedman Friday, April 23. The ceremony will be held in Hangar 511 and include the distinguished guest speaker, Rear Admiral William F. Moran, commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Group.

CDR. Liedman, a native of Kimball, graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1991, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. CDR. Liedman's tenure at Patrol Squadron EIGHT is best expressed by his description of leading its personnel. He commented, "It has been my deepest honor to serve the men and women of VP-8 as their Commanding Officer. The 'Fighting Tigers' and their families tackled the challenges of conducting a homeport change from NAS Brunswick, Maine to NAS Jacksonville, Fla., in conjunction with a six-month deployment to the Middle East and Horn of Africa, in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM - and they did it with a sense of pride and professionalism that added to VP-8's legacy of excellence." Additionally, the transition to NAS Jacksonville paved the way for the remaining NAS Brunswick squadrons relocating in the months ahead. CDR Liedman's next assignment is a Federal Executive Fellowship at the American Enterprise Institute located in Washington, D.C.

CDR Villa hails from Los Angeles, Calif., and attended Jacksonville University, where he earned his commission in May 1993. He assumed the duties as VP-8 Executive Officer in April 2009, and is looking forward to the challenge of leading the Fighting Tigers as their 62nd Commanding Officer as they complete the remainder of their training cycle and preparations for their planned six-month deployment in December 2010. CDR. Villa commended his predecessor for his hard work in setting the high standards which VP-8 has upheld. "Over the past 11 months, Skipper Liedman has led the Fighting Tigers to establish a reputation for operational excellence in Jacksonville following the completion of our recent deployment. I am humbled and honored to join the rich legacy of Patrol Squadron EIGHT Commanding Officers and I look forward to serving with our men and women in the preparation and execution of our upcoming deployment," he said.

Patrol Squadron EIGHT is ready to welcome Commander Christopher F. Flaherty as their new Executive Officer. CDR Flaherty hails from Cleveland, N.Y., is a graduate of Duke University, and most recently served as Deputy Requirements Officer for Maritime Patrol Aviation (P-3C/P-8A).