Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Aircraft Carriers recently held a change of command ceremony for Capt. Michael Schwartz, who was relieved of his duties as CVN 21 program manager. In the same ceremony Capt. Brian Antonio assumed command as CVN 21 program manager.
In a ceremony held after the change of command, Schwartz retired marking an end to his 26 years of service in the Navy.
In August 2000, Schwartz reported to PEO Aircraft Carriers, as assistant program manager for Aircraft Carrier Refueling Complex Overhauls, and in June 2003 he was selected as program manager, CVN 21 Future Aircraft Carriers Program
Antonio indicated that he was proud to take the helm and acknowledged the importance of the program as it transitions from largely a design effort to a production effort.
Antonio’s most recent assignment was Chief of Staff to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Ship Programs (DASN Ships).
The PEO Aircraft Carriers is responsible for designing, delivering and maintaining the nation’s aircraft carrier force.