JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson relieved Rear Adm. Rick Williamson as Commander, Navy Region Southeast on Friday during a change-of-command ceremony at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The command supports 17 installations throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean.

Williamson, a Jacksonville native and 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, will assume command of Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia, in August.

“I have had such an incredible experience leading an CNRSE outstanding team,” said Williamson. “I will always cherish the relationships that I have built during this tour.”

Jackson, originally from Wimberley, Texas, is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate who also has a graduate degree in engineering management from George Washington University.

Jackson has served aboard five U.S. Navy ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, and her command tours include serving as commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval installation.

Jackson, who will be the region's 44th commander, comes to her new command from serving as chief of staff to Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia.

“It is an honor and privilege to become a part of such a dynamic team of sailors and civilians,” Jackson said. “And I look forward to challenges we’ll tackle together.”