Rich reports to San Diego from Washington, DC, where he served as commandant for Naval District Washington. He succeeds Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge, who is retiring after 34 years of service.
The change will take place at 1 p.m. Monday in a ceremony aboard the USS Midway.
Rich is a native of Jacksonville, FL. and a naval aviator. He has accumulated more than 3,800 flight hours and 900 carrier-arrested landings.
Navy Region Southwest, headquartered in downtown San Diego, covers Navy operations in the states of California, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona,Colorado and Utah.
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