By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Deven Leigh Ellis
Naval Weapons Station (WPNSTA) Yorktown conducted a change-of-command ceremony aboard the facility Feb. 24.
Capt. Matthew Kosnar relieved Capt. Paul C. Haebler as WPNSTA Yorktown commanding officer during the time-honored ceremony.
Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, commander, Navy Region Mid Atlantic, acted as the presiding official over the ceremony, attended by family, friends and colleagues of both incoming and outgoing leadership.
During his three-year tenure, Haebler oversaw nearly 200 ships handle 270,000 tons of ordnance; ensured almost 20,000 personnel received 200,000 training days; created 3,000 jobs and bolstered the local economy with an impact of $300 million.
Haebler also supported the consolidation of the United States Marine Corps Regiment on base, in addition to upgrading base aesthetics and supporting the base’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program by refurbishing a local park, reopening a coffee shop and, the command’s favorite, reinstating Gate 1.
Scorby presented Haebler with the Legion of Merit on behalf of the president for displaying exceptional leadership and outstanding vision during his tour as commanding officer of WPNSTA Yorktown.
Kosnar’s prior assignments include tours as deputy commander at Submarine Development Squadron Twelve and strategy and liaison branch head on the Navy Staff, Undersea Warfare Division at the Pentagon.