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During the anniversary ceremony, Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads personnel participated in a cake cutting with the oldest and youngest Sailor and newest and longest employed Civilian. (From left to right) Cory Johnson, newest employed civilian; Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads; Willie King, longest employed civilian; Capt. (Ret) Charles Melcher, former Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads; Lt. Cmdr. Dwayne Stoumbaugh, oldest Sailor; and Master-at-Arms Seaman Apprentice Serenity Thomas, youngest Sailor. 

Naval Support Activity (NSA) Hampton Roads observed its 45th anniversary and the history of the installation during a ceremony at its POW/MIA Park May 6.

“Shore commands and installations have a pretty unique mission: We provide shore installation support services enabling our tenant commands to dedicate their resources to the fleet and fighter, while the installations support the families,” said Capt. Matt Frauenzimmer, Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads. “Our installation has a rich history of providing this support.”

In January 1977, a study was undertaken to determine the mission, tasks and functions of a headquarters support activity. On May 1, 1977, the Chief of Naval Operations directed the establishment of the Atlantic Fleet Headquarters Support Activity (HSA) to provide administrative, personnel, logistics, maintenance, transportation, special services, supply, and fiscal services to tenant activities and commands so they could operate with maximum emphasis on their primary missions.

In 1999, HSA was redesignated a major command and dual-hatted with the responsibilities as the Installation Commander for three installations and as the Program Director for Regional Support Services.

Over the past 45 years, the installation has undergone name changes to include HSA, Naval Support Activity Norfolk, and the current name, Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads.

Capt. (Ret) Charles Melcher, former Commanding Officer of NSA Hampton Roads from 2009-2012, served as the guest speaker during the anniversary ceremony, and gave insight and words of encouragement to command personnel.

“Our Navy and our country need to count on you and believe that no matter how dark the skies are, that you will show up, stand up and above all, that you will never give up the ship and you will fight for her to her last,” he said. “I have enjoyed my post Navy career but rarely a week goes by that I do not miss working with a team of Sailors like you who unleash their combined intellect and enthusiasm.”

As part of the ceremony, there were also historical photo displays and a cake cutting. Attendees received historical information on the different amenities that were housed on the installation at that time to include a wood working shop, a library, and a hobby shop, which had the only auto painting booth in the Tidewater area. In addition, unaccompanied enlisted personnel housing buildings were originally constructed as open bay berthing.

To conclude the celebration, the NSA Hampton Roads Chief Petty Officers hosted a barbeque for command personnel and attendees, as well as an anniversary golf tournament hosted by the Sewells Point Golf Course.

“Our history is imperative, and so is our future,” said Frauenzimmer. “And we are looking forward to continuing future partnerships, relationships, and service to our communities.”

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