By Shawn Graham, NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs
PATUXENT RIVER, Md.—Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), toured NAS Patuxent River Aug. 5 to observe best practices and unique services, as well as gain a better understanding of challenges affecting the base.
Smith visited facilities that make a difference in the day-to-day lives of Pax Pros and their families like the Drill Hall, Liberty Center, Child Development Center, and Fleet and Family Support Center. He started the visit by meeting with Capt. Heidi Fleming, NAS Patuxent River commanding officer, and staff.
Additionally, Smith toured the airfield and air traffic control tower.
CNIC is responsible for worldwide shore installation support for the United States Navy under the Chief of Naval Operations. CNICs mission is to support the Fleet, Fighter and Family.
Fleet encompasses the operating forces of the Navy. CNIC ensures all installation requirements necessary to train and operate the Fleets (ports, airfields, training ranges, etc.) are maintained and ready.
Fighter encompasses the men and women in the operating forces. CNIC ensures naval installations are able to facilitate the manning, training and equipping of the Navys fighting force.
Family encompasses the men and women of the armed forces and their families. To ensure the fighting force is supported on all fronts, CNICs Family and Community Services, Housing and Safety efforts provide the quality of life, support and services that allow the fighting force to focus on mission accomplishment.