Change Of Command

LEMOORE, California (NNS) — The “Stingers” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 held a change of command ceremony Dec. 4 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore.

During the ceremony, Cmdr. Eric C. Doyle relieved Cmdr. Brian T. Schrum as commander of VFA-113.

Schrum, a native of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, is a 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He assumed command Aug. 24, 2014, at the beginning of the squadron’s deployment aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). During the 10-month deployment, VFA-113 supported Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria. Schrum’s leadership was essential to the squadron’s selection as the 2014 Battle Efficiency Award Winner, which designated the command as the best F/A-18C Hornet squadron on the West Coast.

Since the squadron’s homecoming to NAS Lemoore June 4, Schrum has readied the squadron for their upcoming transition from the F/A-18C to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.

When asked about his tour, Schrum said: “It has been an absolute honor to lead and serve the men and women of Strike Fighter Squadron 113 over the past 15 months as their Commanding Officer. The squadron met, tackled, and overcame significant challenges head on during work ups, cruise, and post-cruise – a testament to the focus, drive, and determination of our command to achieve mission success. I could not have asked for a finer group of strike fighter pilots, maintenance and admin professionals to lead through an extensive 10-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. I am proud of our team accomplishments, and I wish the ‘Stingers’ continued success under the outstanding leadership of Cmdr. Doyle.”

The “Stingers” wished Schrum fair winds and following seas as he is scheduled to report to Goose Creek, South Carolina, where he will attend training at Navy Nuclear Power Training Command.