Navy detachment says goodbye to commander in ceremony

by | Apr 29, 2024 | News

Sailors at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center situate themselves just before the change of command ceremony begins April 29, 2024. DLIFLC’s Cmdr. Matthew Dalton relinquished the helm of the Information Warfare Training Command Monterey to Cmdr. Miles G. Alvarez during a ceremony held on Soldier Field.

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s Cmdr. Matthew Dalton relinquished the helm of the Information Warfare Training Command Monterey to Cmdr. Miles G. Alvarez during a ceremony held on Soldier Field Apr. 29, 2024.

“Our team never ceased to amaze me,” Dalton told the Navy staff and students gathered. “Every requirement levied, and task assigned, you all made it happen…I am honored to remain your teammate. I will forever be invested in your success and observe what you all go on to do in your future assignments.”

Presiding officer, Capt. Christopher Bryant, commanding officer of the Center for Information Warfare Training, lauded Dalton for his efforts while at IWTC Monterey.

Capt. Christopher Bryant, commanding officer of the Center for Information Warfare Training, presents the Meritorious Service Medal to Cmdr. Matthew Dalton during a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field Apr. 29, 2024.

“You should be justifiably proud of the work you’ve accomplished over the last year,” he told Dalton, describing his achievements both at Monterey and at Goodfellow Air Force Base, where linguists go on to continue their training after DLIFLC. “Thank you for the hard work you’ve done and the direction you’ve led your team here.”

Dalton, who assumed command of IWTC Monterey in May 2022, has been selected for promotion to the rank of captain. Rear Adm. Kurtis Mole, U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of Navy Space Command and guest speaker at the ceremony, explained it further.

Rear Adm. Kurt Mole, U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of Navy Space Command and former DLIFLC graduate, speaks during a change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field Apr. 29, 2024.

“Not only was he on the list (to be promoted) but he was what we call ‘meritoriously reordered’ to number one,” Mole, a graduate of DLIFLC, went on to say of Dalton, “It is my extreme honor and privilege to come back…for one of the finest naval officers with whom I have ever served.”

Alvarez, a native of Los Angeles, comes to Monterey from Norfolk, Virginia, serving as Deputy Information Warfare Commander/Assistant Chief of Staff for Integrated Fires with Commander, Carrier Strike Group 10 attached to USS George H. W. Bush.

IWTC Sailors salute leadership as they depart the change of command ceremony held on Soldier Field Apr. 29, 2024.

IWTC Monterey, as part of the Center for Information Warfare Training, provides a continuum of foreign language training to Navy personnel, which prepares them to conduct information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations. IWTC has more than 500 linguists in training at DLIFLC.

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