As my tour as commanding officer of Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic comes to an end, I am grateful for the pleasure of serving in the Lowcountry, commanding one of the Navy’s premier information-dominance organizations, comprised of the finest professionals I have ever known. I am truly blessed.

Since my arrival at SSC Atlantic in August of 2013, you have welcomed me. You made me feel as if Charleston was home.

I have seen tremendous respect for our service members, our employees, our families and our great country. The patriotism we see every day in the Lowcountry comes from deep within us; it is the life source of our community.

With more than 2,600 members and thousands of industry partners supporting our mission in the local Charleston area, SSC Atlantic’s presence in this area is noteworthy. We share the same interests and concerns as the local community, ranging from education, the economy and the environment to safety, security and emergency services.

Your community is our community. Simply put, we could not enable information dominance for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coast guardsmen — our war fighters — without your support.

Charleston’s unique Navy heritage goes back to 1890, when the foundation for a naval shipyard in North Charleston was laid. The partnerships that exist today continue to grow stronger from the roots we planted over 125 years ago.

They include what is now Joint Base Charleston and its military units, local city, state and federal government personnel, the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Citadel, area school districts, area colleges and universities and local industry. Like an aspen grove, we grow as one.

Based on the nature of military service, it’s important for uniformed personnel to feel a sense of safety and security — and to feel appreciated and part of “the family” in their local community.

I’ve been fortunate to serve in the Navy for over 31 years. I never felt a part of such a generous, welcoming and safe community for uniformed personnel as I have living in and becoming an integral part of the Lowcountry.

It is time to hang up the uniform and exchange the beret for a ball cap. Look for me at upcoming community events, as a proud retired U. S. Navy captain and a patriotic Charleston community member. Commanding officer, departing; local community, small business owner, arriving.

This is the perfect opportunity to say:

“Thank you, Charleston — I’m home.”

Thank you for welcoming me into your family, treating me like one of your own and trusting me as a businesswoman in your community. Thank you for all you do for SSC Atlantic, Joint Base Charleston and our community.

As I leave command, I ask that you continue to take care of one another — take care of your loved ones — and take care of yourselves.

I wish you the very best in the future.

Fair winds and following seas.

God bless.

Amy D. Burin

Captain, U.S. Navy

Commanding Officer

SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic

Innovation Drive

North Charleston