||Capt. Christopher Sund assumed command of Naval Base Coronado from Capt. Gary Mayes at a Change of Command ceremony Friday, Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station North Island.
Change of Command at Naval Base Coronado
Capt. Christopher Sund assumed command of Naval Base Coronado from Capt. Gary Mayes at a Change of Command ceremony Friday, Oct. 5 at Naval Air Station North Island.
“I know you are ready to take command of [Naval Base Coronado],” Mayes said of Sund. “I could not be turning this command over to a more capable and talented officer.”
Sund, a native of Illinois, holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin. Sund has served as Naval Base Coronado’s Executive Officer since June 2012.
“I am keenly aware of the importance and significance of this base,” he said. “Its stewardship by the commanding officer is a great responsibility.”
“Coronado uses the ‘XO/CO Fleet Up’ program,” he said. “I’ve had the benefit of serving as Capt. Mayes’ Executive Officer for a year and half. Now, as the Commanding Officer, I’m already intimately familiar with the base mission to support the Fleet, Fighter, Family.”
In his good-bye speech, Mayes thanked the community, the officers and service members of Naval Base Coronado for their support.
Mayes is leaving for Washington D.C. where he will serve as the Deputy Director of Plans and Programs for the Navy.
Naval Base Coronado inncludes several local Navy installations including Naval Air Station North Island; Naval Amphibious Base Coronado; Navy Auxiliary Landing Field San Clemente Island; Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach; Silver Strand Training Complex; Remote Training Site Warner Springs; Camp Michael Monsoor and Camp Morena.
Captain Christopher E. Sund biography
Captain Christopher Sund is a native of Illinois. He earned a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse before completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in June 1989.
He earned Naval Flight Officer Wings at VAW-110 in San Diego, CA and served with VAW-117 at NAS Miramar from 1991 to 1994. While attached to the “Wallbangers” of VAW-117, CAPT Sund made deployments aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN72) in support of Operations DESERT STORM and SOUTHERN WATCH.
He then underwent pilot training and received his Naval Aviator Wings in Pensacola, FL after advanced training in the T-2 Buckeye at VT-4. After attending E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadron training at VAW-120 in Norfolk, VA, he reported to VAW-112 at NAS Miramar and served as Safety Officer and Maintenance Division Officer. While at VAW-112, the “Golden Hawks” the entire E-2 wing moved to their current home NAS Point Mugu, CA.
After a brief tour as Assistant Operations Officer for the Commander, Carrier Airborne Early Warning Wing, Pacific Fleet, CAPT Sund completed his department head tour in VAW-117 as the Administrative and Operations Officer where he participated in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In December 2003, CAPT Sund transferred to Joint Staff, J-8 Directorate in the Pentagon where he served as Game Director and Action Officer in the Studies, Analysis and Gaming Division.
Capt. Sund served as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of VAW-123 in Norfolk, VA from 2006 to 2009. VAW-123 operated the E-2C Hawkeye in CVW-1 attached to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN65) completing two deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. After his squadron commander tour, he attended the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) in Norfolk, VA earning a MS degree in Operational Planning and Strategy. He then served at The Joint Staff, J31, in Hampton Roads as a lead planner for disestablishment and transition issues and for the implementation of the Defense Secretary’s Adaptive Planning and Execution initiative. CAPT Sund reported to Naval Base Coronado in June 2012 as Executive Officer.
Capt. Sund has more than 4,000 hours in four different variants of the E-2C Hawkeye and has been designated in every crew position. He is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (5 awards) and the Navy Commendation Medal (with valor).