A change of charge ceremony was held for the Center for Information Dominance Detachment Monterey (CIDDM) at the Price Fitness Center, Presidio of Monterey on Jan. 14.
Lt. Cmdr. Thor Martinsen relieved Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Caver as officer in charge of CIDDM.
Guest speaker, Capt. Gary Edwards, commanding officer Center for Information Dominance, Cory Station praised Caver and his staff on their accomplishments in producing US Navy linguists and fleet ready Sailors.
“Lt. Cmdr. Caver has developed and produced more than 1,000 Navy linguists that are participating in overseas contingency operations and special operations around the world” said Edwards. “The linguists you’ve trained here are directly responsible for helping to save American lives overseas.”
Following his remarks, Caver was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal (Gold Star in lieu of Fifth Award) for his exceptional performance as officer in charge from January 2008 to January 2010.
Caver reflected on his time spent in command.
“I often think of the words told to me by our CO (CID Commanding Officer Capt. Edwards), that ’there is no greater achievement in your military career as an officer than to be in command,’” said Caver. “The Sailors of CIDD Monterey have made my tour here, the best tour in my nearly 25 years of naval service.”
As Martinsen assumed charge of CIDDM, he acknowledged the quality of the students and staff he was inheriting.
"I am extremely proud to be the new Officer in Charge of CIDDM,” said Martinsen. “Lt. Cmdr. Caver did an excellent job during his time here, I have very big shoes to fill and I hope to continue in the tradition of success he achieved.”
Martinsen previously spent time in Monterey attending the Naval Postgraduate School starting in 2005, where he earned a dual Master’s degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.
Since 2007, Martinsen has been with Amphibious Squadron Three as the staff Cryptologic Resource Coordinator (CRC) and Deputy Information Warfare Commander (DIWC) for Peleliu Expeditionary Strike Group (PELESG), which included a deployment to Fifth Fleet in support of operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism.
Caver’s next assignment will be at The National Security Agency/Central Security Service, (NSA/CSS) Kunia, Hawaii.
Top: (Jan. 14, 2010) Lt. Cmdr. Thor Martinsen salutes the honorary sideboys while making his entrance to the Center for Information Dominance Detachment Monterey (CIDDM) change of charge ceremony held at the Price Fitness Center, Presidio of Monterey. Martinsen becomes the 16th officer in charge during CIDDM's 34 years history at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and takes over responsibilities from Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Caver. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven L. Shepard/Released)
Middle: Lt. Cmdr. Thor Martinsen (left) relieves Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Caver (right) as the officer in charge of the Center for Information Dominance Detachment Monterey during a ceremony held Jan. 14 at the Price Fitness Center, Presidio of Monterey. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven L. Shepard/Released)
Bottom: (Jan. 14, 2010) Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center commandant Col. Sue Anne Sandusky reminisces with Lt. Cmdr. Leonard Caver following a Center for Information Dominance Detachment Monterey (CIDDM) change of charge ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey. Caver passes on his responsibilities as CIDDM officer in charge to Lt. Cmdr. Thor Martinsen. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Steven L. Shepard/Released)