PMRF Change of Command set for Friday

KEKAHA — Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands, will hold a change-of-command ceremony Friday at the hangar bay on base.

Capt. Timothy Young will relieve Capt. Vinnie Johnson during a ceremony at 10 a.m., in front of distinguished visitors, family and friends from the lcommunity and the sailors of PMRF.

Johnson assumed command of PMRF in July 2016.

“He guided the command through numerous accomplishments supporting advanced technology development, national ballistic missile defense testing programs and numerous training operations,” according to a press release. “PMRF executed 27 ballistic missile defense flight test events and significant training exercises including Rim of the Pacific 2018.”

Johnson’s next assignment will be an interim position in Washington, D.C., before becoming a Naval Attaché in Lisbon, Portugal.

Young’s previous assignments include Commanding Officer of Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktika, Afghanistan, Operations Officer onboard USS Carl Vinson and Assistant Chief of Staff for Force Readiness at Commander, Navy Air Pacific.

Young commissioned upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 with a degree in finance and business economics. He received his Wings of Gold in 1997. During his aviation career Young has logged more than 2,800 flight hours and 450 carrier landings.

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