Capt. Glenn Kuffel was relieved by Capt. Dale Maxey as Commodore, Commander, Naval Surface Squadron (CNSS) 14 during a change of command ceremony on board USS The Sullivans on April 28. Guest speaker was Rear Adm. Patrick Piercey, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
Kuffel enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1981 and served five years as a Hospital Corpsman. He received his commission through the NROTC program after graduating with honors from The George Washington University in May 1989. He is a 2000 graduate of the Naval War College.
At sea he served as Damage Control Assistant, First Lieutenant, and Navigator in USS John Rodgers (DD 983); commissioning Fire Control Officer in USS Port Royal (CG 73); Weapons and Combat Systems Officer in USS Stout (DDG 55); Commanding Officer, USS Avenger (MCM 1); Commanding Officer, USS Carney (DDG 64), and Deputy Commodore, First Combined Destroyer Squadron, a combined U.S. Navy and Royal Navy staffed Destroyer Squadron that deployed to the Middle East embarked on USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).
Both his commands were recognized with the Battle Efficiency award and the Golden Anchor award. Additionally, Carney was recognized with the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship award and the Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Atlantic Self-Sufficient Ship of the Year award.
Ashore he served as Flag Secretary, Commander, Mine Warfare Command, the Surface Warfare Commander/Lieutenant Commander Detailer, Navy Personnel Command, and Fourth Battalion Officer, United States Naval Academy where he also served as a military instructor for the course "Ethics for the Naval Leader" and as the Officer in Charge, Plebe Summer 2010. He completed his joint tour in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy.
He recently served as the Deputy Commodore at Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 14.
During his leadership, DESRON 14 transitioned to CNSS 14 on July 31, 2015. CNSS 14 serves as the Type Commander's Executive Agent in Mayport, providing support to all non-LCS ships to ensure they are manned, trained, equipped and maintained in accordance with Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic policies and direction.
Kuffel provided leadership, logistics, and support to 15 ships in the Mayport waterfront Type Commander (TYCOM) executive agent. CNSS 14 oversaw successful completion of five inspections by the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV's), six Light-Off Assessments (LOA's), and eight Basic Phase Certifications events during his tenure.
CNSS 14 successfully led six USN ships, one foreign visiting vessel, and one fleet support vessel in preparations to weather Hurricane Matthew.
Under his leadership, CNSS 14 prepared Mayport PC ships for seven Counter-Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) and Counter-Narcotics patrols.
They led the program development, integration, and tactical employment of Puma unmanned aircraft system onboard Mayport Patrol Costal ships. CNSS 14 also oversaw 53 Community Relations Projects during nine deployments to strengthen U.S./host-nation relations throughout the FIFTH and SIXTH Fleets. The surface squadron oversaw assistance of CG modernizations for USS Gettysburg and USS Vicksburg, as well as coordinated a Small Arms Assessment and Repair for all Mayport ships in which over 1,000 weapons and mounts were assessed.
Maxey enlisted in the Navy in 1982 as a Data Systems Technician. He attended initial class "A" and "C" schools in Mare Island, California before being assigned to the Operations Department of Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy as a computer maintenance technician. During a subsequent tour at CTF-67 in Naples, Italy, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and graduated from the University of Illinois in December 1991.
Over his 32 years of Naval Service, Maxey has had operational tours in USS Belknap (CG 26), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS Taylor (FFG 55) and command of USS Kauffman (FFG 59) and USS Ponce (AFSB(I)-15). During these operational assignments, he has deployed nine times to the Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean Sea and South American waters.
Dale's duties ashore have included a tour at the AEGIS Training and Readiness Command (ATRC) Dahlgren as the Perspective Commanding Officer Course Supervisor and technical instructor, duties as Training Innovations Officer for Commander Surface Forces Atlantic (CNSL) and a tour as the Chief Staff Officer and Operational Support Officer at the Destroyer Class Squadron (DDGRON) in Norfolk, Virginia and Reserve Manpower/Plans officer for Commander Naval Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC). He recently completed a tour as Reserve Manpower/Plans officer for The Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS) Millington. He is currently the Deputy Commander for Naval Surface Squadron 14 in Mayport, Florida.
Maxey holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Illinois, a Masters of Arts in Military Studies from American Military University, and a Masters of Arts in National Security Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
Capt. Matthew P. Roberts is the new deputy commodore of CNSS 14. Heis a native of Sydney, Australia and grew up south of Issaquah, Washington. He is a 1993 graduate of The University of Arizona where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering and was commissioned via the Naval ROTC program.
At sea, he has served as Commanding Officer USS Momsen (DDG 92); Executive Officer, USS CHAFEE (DDG 90) and USS Shoup (DDG 86); Chief Engineer, USS Ticonderoga (CG 47) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85); and CIC Officer, USS David R. Ray (DD 971) and Auxiliaries Officer, USS Ingraham (FFG 61). He most recently served as the Maritime Warning Division Chief for NORAD.