Caranta assumes command of Joint Spectrum Center
Col John T. Caranta III assumed command of the Joint Spectrum Center (JSC) from
Navy CAPT Steven J. Averett at a change of command ceremony held Sept. 15 in
members, friends, and colleagues joined in to bid farewell to Averett and to
welcome Caranta to the command.
comes to JSC from his most recent assignment as deputy chief of the Cyber
Operations Division, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
served as the director of the Joint Spectrum Center since September 2014. His
next assignment is serving as the director of communications and information
systems for the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.
Director Army LTG Alan Lynn presided over the ceremony, which was attended by
several distinguished guests, including: DISA Vice Director Navy RADM Nancy
Norton; retired Air Force Maj Gen Earl Matthews; Alan Lewis, director of the Defense Spectrum
Organization (DSO); Frederick Moorefield Jr., director for spectrum policy and
programs in the office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer; Stuart
Timmerman, vice director of the DISA Development and Business Center; Robert
(Mike) Williams, DSO deputy director; and Air Force Col David Bosko of the Air
Force Spectrum Management Office.
celebrated Averett’s achievements, noting that he left a solid foundation for
the incoming commander. He presented the Defense Superior Service Medal to
Averett in recognition of his outstanding service in command of the Joint
farewell speech, Averett gave thanks to the personnel of the Joint Spectrum
Center and appreciated their dedication. He also conveyed his love and
gratitude for his wife, Devisa.
ceremonial passing of the colors was performed by Lynn, Averett, Caranta, and Marine
Corps MSgt Jeffrey Moore, the senior
enlisted service member in the unit. The passing of the unit colors represented
command transferring from Averett to Caranta.
taking command, Caranta remarked on the importance of the mission of the Joint
Spectrum Center and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve with an
exceptional team. He thanked his family for their support, and his wife, Rachel,
was presented with a bouquet of yellow roses to welcome her into the Joint
Spectrum Center family.