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Vice Adm. Luke McCollum Takes Navy Reserve Chief Post

Luke McCollum
Luke McCollum

Vice Adm. Luke McCollum, formerly deputy commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, has transitioned into a new post as chief of Navy Reserve and commander of the Navy Reserve Force.

McCollum relieved Vice Adm. Robin Braun during a change of command ceremony at Admiral Leutze Park on the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, the Reserve Force Public Affairs said Wednesday.

A 1983 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, McCollum was designated surface warfare officer in 1985 and took his first assignment aboard USS Blue Ridge.

His sea tours include tenure at the USS Kinkaid and USS Valley Forge, with deployments to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Arabian Gulf and operations off South America.

He was also the commander of Maritime Expeditionary Squadron 1 and Combined Task Group 56.5 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.

McCollum has held flag officer assignments with the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Central Command in Manama, Bahrain, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.

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