Capt. John Lobuono relieved Capt. Dave Gombas as Commanding Officer of Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC) June 1st in a ceremony on Naval Station Mayport.

Capt. Lobuono reports to SERMC from his previous assignment as Waterfront Operations Officer, Southwest Regional Maintenance Center in San Diego, Calif.

Lobuono is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. His prior assignments include tours aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) where he completed two combat deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn.

Prior to the change of command, Rear Adm. James Downey, Commander, Naval Regional Maintenance Center presented Gombas with a Legion of Merit medal for his accomplishments since assuming command of SERMC in July 2013.

Downey lauded Gombas’ “contributions to the ongoing readiness of the surface fleet... During (his) tour, three amphibious ships relocated to the Mayport basin, an event that obviously presented new challenges in the Southeast Region. Drawing on his extensive experience, he provided exceptional leadership and guidance in preparing the workforce to best serve these ships.”

Gombas left the Sailors and Civilians of SERMC with this message, “I want to thank each and every one of you for the effort you put in every day to get the ships to sea on time and fully mission capable. You make the difference between ‘support’ and ‘world class service.’”

For more information about Southeast Regional Maintenance Center (SERMC), visit: http://www.navsea.navy.mil/Home/RMC/SERMC/.