Rear Adm. Thomas Luscher, formerly deputy chief of Navy Reserve, has been appointed as commander of the Navy Reserve Forces Command.
He officially succeeded Rear Adm. Eric Coy Young during a change-of-command ceremony held Tuesday at the CNRFC headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.
Luscher received the naval aviator designation in January 1989 at Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, and served as a flight instructor there until his initial training in the F-14 Tomcat at Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 in 1991.
His operational tours include stints with the VF-143 Pukin’ Dogs aboard USS George Washington, Strike Weapons and Tactics School Atlantic, VR-53 and VR-52.
The 27-year veteran also commanded the VR-1 Starlifters and the Secretary of the Navy’s Executive Transport squadron Fleet Logistics Support Wing.
Luscher also held staff and shore assignments at the Naval Air Force Reserve, Navy Enterprise, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans and Navy Reserve.