USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group gets command change

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A carrier strike group from the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt will receive a change of command Wednesday.

Rear Adm. James Bynum will relieve Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti Wednesday afternoon as commander of the San Diego-based Carrier Strike Group 9 led by the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, according to the Navy.

The strike group is also composed of the carrier’s air wing, CVW-117, the guided-missile cruisers Bunker Hill and Cape St. George, and seven destroyers.

Franchetti, a 1985 Northwestern University journalism graduate, previously commanded U.S. naval forces in Korea, led a Pacific Partnership humanitarian mission aboard the San Diego-based hospital ship USNS Mercy, and was skipper of the destroyer USS Ross.

Her next assignment will be head of strategic plans and policy for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, D.C.

Bynum is coming from the nation’s capital, where he served as deputy director of the White House Military Office. The F/A-18 pilot was previously executive assistant to the vice chief of naval operations, executive assistant to the commander of U.S. Naval Air Forces and commander of the air wing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman.

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