Naval Base Coronado to Welcome New Commanding Officer June 28th, 2012

NAVAL BASE CORONADO, CA – Captain Yancy Lindsey, Commanding Officer, Naval Base Coronado (NBC), will pass the trident of command to Captain Gary Mayes during a Change of Command ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island on Thursday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m.

Captain Mayes has served as Naval Base Coronado’s Executive Officer for the past 18 months and will “fleet up” to Commanding Officer.

Captain Lindsey’s next duty station will be Navy Region Southwest in San Diego, Calif. where he will serve as the Chief of Staff.

Naval Base Coronado is a consortium of eight Navy installations: 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.

Over 32,000 Sailors, civilians, contractors, and reservists work on NBC installations.

Biographies for both officers are below.


Captain Yancy B. Lindsey
U.S. Navy

A native of Phoenix, Arizona, Captain Lindsey graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Military Science degree from Marine Corps University and a Master of Science in Global Leadership degree from the University of San Diego.

Captain Lindsey was commissioned through Aviation Officer Candidate School in October 1986 and was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1987.

Captain Lindsey’s initial sea duty assignment was flying LC-130 aircraft in Antarctic Development Squadron Six (VXE-6) where he served as a Polar Transport Aircraft Commander, Communications Officer and Aircraft Division Officer while completing three five-month deployments to Antarctica in support of the National Science Foundation’s Operation DEEP FREEZE.

Selected for VAW transition, in 1992 Captain Lindsey reported to the VAW-113 Black Eagles where he served as Aircraft Division, Quality Assurance and Assistant Maintenance Officer while participating in the E-2C Group II operational evaluation and completing an Arabian Gulf deployment onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. He again served in VAW-113, from 1997 to 1999, as Administrative and Maintenance Officer while completing an Arabian Gulf deployment onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. Captain Lindsey assumed command of the VAW-117 Wallbangers in 2005, earning the Battle Efficiency Award and completing an Arabian Gulf deployment onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Captain Lindsey’s assignments ashore include duty as an Intern/Action Officer in the Joint Staff J6 Directorate’s Global Command and Control System Division; at Marine Corps Command and Staff College completing JPME Phase I; at Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the E-2C/C-2A/C-12/C-26 Readiness and Requirements Officer; as a Federal Executive Fellow at The Fletcher School, Tufts University; and at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany as the Missile Defense Division Chief, Deputy Commander’s Executive Officer, and Director of the Deputy Commander’s Action Group.

Captain Lindsey’s decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, (4) Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, (3) Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various other personal achievement, service awards and ribbons.


Captain Gary A. Mayes
U.S. Navy

Captain Gary Mayes is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana, and a 1987 graduate of Purdue University. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in April, 1988 he was commissioned an Ensign. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1989.

Operational tours include assignments with Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay Cuba, HSL-48 “Vipers”, HSL-46 “Grandmasters” and HSL-44 “Swamp Foxes”. CAPT Mayes served in a variety of billets including Station Pilot, Detachment Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, Officer in Charge of a Helicopter Detachment, Squadron Maintenance Officer, Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of HSL-44. He also served as an Officer in Charge of a combined East and West coast HSM helicopter detachment conducting rescue and humanitarian relief missions in the immediate aftermath of hurricane Katrina.

Tours ashore have included the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Office of the Secretary of the Navy. During these tours he served as Senate Liaison Officer, Naval Aide to the Vice President and Administrative Aide to the Secretary of the Navy.

CAPT Mayes completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I and was awarded a Master of Military Studies degree from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He completed JPME Phase II training at the Joint Forces Staff College.

He has logged over 3,200 flight hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).

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