United States Navy Rear Adm. John C. “Jack” Scorby, Jr assumed the duties of Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic from Rear Adm. Rick Williamson during a change of command ceremony in Naples, Italy on Thursday.
Williamson had been serving as commander of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic since September of 2014.
Scorby most recently served as the commander of Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.
Williamson will now take over that position.
Scorby becomes the regional commander overseeing 14 installations, 50 naval operational support centers, and 168 special areas in the Navy’s 20-state Mid-Atlantic region.
Scorby grew up in Manlius, New York, and graduated from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He entered the Navy in November 1982 as an aviation officer candidate and was commissioned an ensign in March 1983. He was designated a naval flight officer in June 1984.
Scorby’s early operational assignments include Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 and Patrol Squadron Special Projects Unit (VPU) 1. Scorby also served as the officer in charge of VPU-1 and commanding officer of VQ-2.
His shore and staff assignments include the Bureau of Naval Personnel/PERS-43, where he served as the VQ/force support detailer; North American Aerospace Defense Command, where he served as a missile operations officer, chief of the Aerospace Warning Branch and executive assistant to the director of operations; Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV/N13), where he served as the aviation officer community manager and deputy, Officer Plans and Policy; Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV/N88), where he served as the EP-3E aircraft requirements officer and executive assistant to the director; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where he served as the commanding officer; Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), where he served as the executive assistant; Navy Region Southeast, where he served as commander; and Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, where he served as commander.
Scorby earned a Master of Science in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School; a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Command and Staff, U.S. Naval War College, where he graduated with distinction; Joint Forces Staff College; and a Master of Arts in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, where he graduated with distinction.
Scorby has received numerous personal awards, but he is most proud of his unit awards because of the teamwork they represent.