Goodfellow Navy conducts change of charge

U.S Navy Lt. Cmdr. J. Austin Maxwell, Center for Information Warfare Training officer in charge, exchanges salutes with Capt. William Lintz, CIWT commanding officer, and Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, departing CIWT officer in charge, during the change of charge ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018. The change of charge ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/released)

U.S Navy Lt. Cmdr. J. Austin Maxwell, Center for Information Warfare Training officer in charge, exchanges salutes with Capt. William Lintz, CIWT commanding officer, and Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, departing CIWT officer in charge, during the change of charge ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018. The change of charge ceremony is a time honored military tradition that signifies the orderly transfer of authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Navy Capt. William Lintz, Center for Information Warfare Training commanding officer, awards Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, departing CIWT officer in charge, during the change of charge ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018. Allen served as the CIWT Det. Goodfellow officer in charge from 2015 to 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Navy Capt. William Lintz, Center for Information Warfare Training commanding officer, awards Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, departing CIWT officer in charge, during the change of charge ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018. Allen served as the CIWT Det. Goodfellow officer in charge from 2015 to 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Navy Capt. William Lintz, Center for Information Warfare Training commanding officer, presents Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, departing CIWT officer in charge, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal during the change of charge ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018. The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal may be awarded to those serving with the Navy or Marine Corps, who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/released)

U.S. Navy Capt. William Lintz, Center for Information Warfare Training commanding officer, presents Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, departing CIWT officer in charge, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal during the change of charge ceremony at the Event Center on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 12, 2018. The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal may be awarded to those serving with the Navy or Marine Corps, who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Randall Moose/released)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Allen, transferred responsibility as the officer in charge of the Center for Information Warfare Training Detachment Goodfellow to Lt. Cmdr. Austin Maxwell in a change of charge ceremony, Jan. 12.

Capt. William Lintz, CIWT commanding officer, presided over the event, praising Allen for his dedicated leadership and Goodfellow Sailors for their exceptional support for the information warfare training mission.

"Since Lt. Cmdr. Allen reported in January 2015, the Goodfellow Detachment has trained Sailors, Airman, Marines, Coast Guardsman, and Soldiers in necessary skills to operate in multiple demanding theaters," said Lintz. "Allen has done an outstanding job working with the other services to ensure this training was effective and relevant."

Under Allen’s leadership, the 36 Sailors and 4 civilians assigned to CIWT Det. Goodfellow trained over 8,875 joint service students in over 58,000 hours of instruction, achieving a 99.5 percent graduation rate along with a 96 percent grade point average. They provide enlisted "C" school courses for cryptologic technicians and Department of Defense firefighters from all branches of the military.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to have served here with the fine Sailors at Goodfellow," said Allen, who has orders to report to Tactical Training Group Atlantic as a Strike Group Cryptologic Resource Coordinator trainer and mentor. "I am simply awestruck by the tenacity of our instructors and their drive for personal excellence and mission accomplishment. It gives me great pride to have been a part of this organization and great confidence in the future of our Navy and military."

Maxwell reports from Pacific Fleet Intelligence and Information Operations and brings 14 years of tactical, operational, and training experience. This will be his second tour under CIWT as he previously served as the Assistant Officer in Charge at CIWT Monterey, Calif.

"I am both humbled and honored to be here today," said Maxwell. "I look forward to working with you all to continue providing world-class training for the information warfare community."