By Daniel Meshel
Navy Region Southeast Reserve Component Command (NRSE RCC)
Cmdr. Oscar Toledo assumed command from Cmdr. William Maske of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 60 (HSL-60) during a change of command ceremony Feb. 21.
Family, friends and "Jaguars" of HSL-60 attended the ceremony aboard Naval Station Mayport, where Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun served as guest speaker for the event.
"Since Cmdr. Maske took over HSL-60, his focus has been on the three 'P's'," said Braun. "Those three 'P's' are people, purpose and professionalism. I love it, and this focus has proven essential to the Jaguar's success. By concentrating on people and fostering a positive command climate in which all can succeed, HSL-60 has truly soared."
Maske, a native of Washington, D.C., attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1995 before reporting to Pensacola, Fla., for flight training. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1997 and has served within numerous squadrons and shore installations during his more than 20-year Naval career. Maske reported to HSL-60 as commanding officer in January 2013, where he successfully led more than 200 Sailors through multiple high-visibility missions.
"You've done a tremendous job as a commanding officer," said Braun, highlighting his many achievements during his tour.
"I am sure that everyone here will join me in saying that both you and your wife Danielle have done an extraordinary job," she added.
"It's bittersweet to leave the best squadron in the Navy Reserves," said Maske. "But I do so with confidence turning over to a great leader."
Braun presented Maske with the Meritorious Service Medal before reflecting on his career and thanking the many people responsible for his successful tour. After his speech, Maske read his orders and Toledo assumed command of HSL-60.
"As Cmdr. Toledo takes the baton from Maske, we know the squadron is in great hands," said Braun. "Oscar has been a dedicated member of this team since 2005. Whether [serving] as the Quality Assurance Officer or Executive Officer, his leadership, mentorship and dedication to mission has been essential to the team here."
"It's a humbling feeling taking command," said Toledo. "The biggest challenge is maintaining the bar set by Skipper Maske, and I hope to continue his successesâ€¦ he's a tough act to follow."
Toledo, a native of San Antonio, Tex., graduated from the University of Houston in 1995 and was selected for Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla. He was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1997, and in January of 2005, Toledo left active service and joined HSL-60 as a Selected Reservist.
At HSL-60, Toledo has served as the Quality Assurance Officer, Operations Officer and Executive Officer.
He has completed multiple deployments while flying more than 120 hours during Multinational Exercises to Counter Illicit Trafficking Operations and as part of the U.S. Navy's inaugural Airborne Use of Force detachment.
HSL-60, a Navy Reserve squadron, is deployed in surface combatants and is also used in counter-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean.
They have successfully captured more than $1 billion dollars in illegal drugs and became the first Naval unit authorized for nighttime use of force against drug boats.