DVIDS – News – Naval Education and Training Assistance Field Activity Holds Change of Command


PENSACOLA, Fla. – Capt. David W. Stallworth was relieved by Capt. Daniel “Jinx” W. Testa as commander of Naval Education and Training Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA), during a change of command ceremony at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Aug.

Family and guests gathered at the National Naval Aviation Museum to wish “good winds and following seas” to Stallworth and his family as he departs after three years at the helm of NETSAFA and to welcome Testa as their new commander.

Rear Adm. Pete Garvin, Commander, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), was the guest speaker for the event.

“NETSAFA is a very unique command with far-reaching impact…as a nation, we know that our alliances and partnerships remain one of our key strategic advantages,” Garvin said. “Partnerships are important when we work together on combined operations, theater security cooperation and capacity building initiatives. Together, we strengthen our ability to prevail in conflict and further strengthen integrated deterrence by demonstrating a united front against potential adversaries.

Stallworth, a native of Summerdale, Alabama, led efforts to provide training and education worth more than $200 million to 166 partner nations in support of more than 8,000 International Military Students (IMS) during a record period of foreign military sales and despite the global pandemic.

“The efforts of these world-class personnel and their leader have had an astonishing global impact that will pay dividends in security cooperation and American foreign policy for years to come,” Garvin said.

Testa takes over as Commander of NETSAFA after serving in his last assignment as Executive Assistant to NETC, and Stallworth will report to NETC as N5 Director for Strategy, Innovation and Volunteer Education.

“Although it has been a difficult three years, I wouldn’t trade it for anything because it gave me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and friendly people in the entire Department of the Navy,” said Stallworth, who was presented with the Legion of Merit at the ceremony. “Jinx, you are taking over a large command full of great people.”

“NETSAFA, I want to thank you so much for the support and hard work you do every day no matter what, and I know you will continue to do the same for Captain Jinx Testa,” Stallworth said.

Located in NAS Pensacola, Florida, NETSAFA is the United States Navy’s agent for Navy education and training for international military students. As a field activity of NETC, NETSAFA serves as the focal point for all matters of security assistance and cooperation program and training, coordination, and advisory within the US Navy. The NETC, led by Rear Admiral Pete Garvin, is the US Navy’s force development pillar and largest command ashore. Through its “street to fleet” focus, NETC recruits civilians and transforms them into highly trained, operational, and combat-ready fighters.

Date taken: 18.08.2022
Date posted: 23.08.2022 16:46
Story ID: 427893
Location: PENSACOLA, Florida, USA

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