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    Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 Welcomes New CO

    Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 Holds Change of Command

    Photo By Chief Petty Officer Karen Rybarczyk | Cmdr. Joseph M. Droll, commanding officer Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2 was...... read more read more

    VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, UNITED STATES

    11.27.2019

    Courtesy Story

    Navy Expeditionary Combat Command

    Cmdr. Cherie R. Taylor, assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2, became the first African American woman to serve as the commanding officer (CO) of a Coastal Riverine Squadron on October 10, 2019 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia.

    Taylor credits this historic achievement to her hard work, determination and discipline and encourages Sailors who want to follow in her foot steps to adopt these same traits.

    “Never stop dreaming,” said Taylor. “You can do anything you put your mind to; nothing is impossible.”

    The New York City native, who calls Brooklyn home, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1988. She began her Naval career as a Torpedoman’s Mate at the MK “48” Intermediate Maintenance Activity on Naval Submarine Base, San Diego.

    “My best friend and another close friend joined the Army,” said Taylor. “Being from New York City, I did not know very much about the outdoors so I thought it would be better for me to join the Navy, following in my cousin Daryl Scott’s footsteps.”

    Her cousin retired as an Operations Specialist 1st Class and often shared his experiences of traveling the world with his family.

    In December 1998, after earning her associate degree in Liberal Arts, she was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.

    Her duty stations as an officer include USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), Amphibious Squadron 8 and USS Bainbridge (DDG 96) before transferring to CRS-2 as the Executive Officer (XO).

    Taylor spoke about her biggest challenges during her transition from XO to CO.

    “I have to trust my officers in charge,” said Taylor. “I have believe they will carry out my guidance, enforce policy and procedures and still perform their duties and responsibilities required for mission accomplishment.”

    “As a surface warfare officer aboard a ship, I could call a meeting and assemble my Sailors relatively quickly, but at this command, that is not feasible,” said Taylor. “I have to ensure lines of communication are open and utilized often.”

    Taylor said she most looks forward to leading Sailors in her new role as CO.

    “I love the complexity of this job,” said Taylor. “Being able to lead and mentor Sailors dispersed all over the world is challenging yet rewarding.”

    CRS-2 is part of the Coastal Riverine Force (CRF), which operates in harbors, rivers, bays, across the littorals and ashore. The primary mission of the CRF is to conduct maritime security operations across all phases of military operations by defending high value assets, critical maritime infrastructure, ports and harbors both inland and on coastal waterways against enemies, and when commanded conduct offensive combat operations.

    The CRF is comprised of units manned, trained, and equipped to conduct port and harbor security, high-value asset security and escort, surveillance and reconnaissance, insertion and extraction of small units and command and control for supporting assigned units. It is capable of conducting 24-hour operations in all weather conditions and climates.

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    Date Taken: 11.27.2019
    Date Posted: 11.27.2019 10:35
    Story ID: 353745
    Location: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, US 
    Hometown: NEW YORK, NY, US

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