Asan, Guam (Aug. 11) – Rear Adm. Babette “Bette” Bolivar will relieve Rear Adm. Tilghman Payne during a change of command ceremony Aug. 15.
The ceremony will be held at the Guam High School Gymnasium aboard U.S. Naval Hospital Guam. The guest speaker will be Vice Adm. William French, Commander, Navy Installations Bolivar will serve as Commander, Joint Region Marianas; U.S. Defense Representative Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau; and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas.
She reports to Guam after serving as Commander, Navy Region Northwest in Silverdale, Wash.Payne served in his current position since 2012. Under his leadership, Joint Region Marianas has met its mission of enabling the warfighter, supporting military families and building regional partnerships. In the wake of threats from North Korea, Payne led the effort to receive a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, a strategic asset that strengthened regional defenses, deterred aggression and highlighted the nation’s commitment to the defense of the Mariana Islands.
He also provided context regarding the U.S. Defense Policy Realignment Initiative to senior members of the U.S. and Japanese governments, furthering force realignment to Guam.
Payne retires after 33 years of Navy service.