DVIDS – News – Ventura County Naval Base hosts change of command and retirement ceremony


VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (NNS) – The Ventura County Naval Station (NBVC) welcomed its new leader, Captain Robert “Barr” Kimnach III, while celebrating the retirement of its departing leader, Captain Jeff Chism at Point Mugu, July 8, 2021.

Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, commander of the Navy’s southwest region, was the guest speaker and presided over the change of command during a ceremony attended by military personnel, VIPs and civilian guests.

“Captain. Chism has taken community engagement to the highest level,” said Bolivar. “With Jeff at the helm, this facility has excelled, achieved many accomplishments and exceeded all expectations. His accomplishments have truly reflected our mission and prepared the fighters Jeff’s vision for Ventura County is unmatched.

Captain Chism set the stage for NBVC to become the future main base for unmanned aircraft systems by setting up multiple area platforms to include the MQ-25 Stingray, MQ-4C Triton and MQ- 8 Fire Scout. Chism oversaw the completion of 2 entry checkpoints at Point Mugu and Port Hueneme. Under Chism, the NBVC was selected to be an observation facility for the US Department of Health and Human Services to provide quarantine support during the coronavirus-19 pandemic. He has managed disaster response teams for 10 major forest fires, including the safe and successful evacuation of Point Mugu during the catastrophic Woolsey fire.

“Jeff often thinks outside the box,” Bolivar said. “He began developing a public-private business with the United Preservation Water District to build a brackish water treatment plant at Point Mugu that will provide the Navy and Ventura County with a resilient and reliable water source. ”

Chism was awarded the Legion of Merit for Exceptionally Meritorious Conduct in Performing Outstanding Service as NBVC Commander from June 2018 to July 2021. The award specifically recognized the foundational command of major aviation land facilities, inter-agency support, crisis management and innovation mission execution.

Chism took the stage to address the audience with his concluding remarks as the commander of the NBVC. He thanked the people by name, his family, his military colleagues and those with whom he worked in Ventura County.

“This retreat is an emotional day for me,” said Chism. “This work is far more important than any contribution. It is a matter of service, it is a matter of devotion to duty and of oath. Taking care of the people around us is important, and that’s what we do, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity. I am very grateful to Naval Aviation for making this amazing trip. Flying jets while serving my country is something really special. “

Following the reading of orders and taking command, Captain Robert “Barr” Kimnach III, a native of New England, took command of the NBVC following a posting with the US 3rd Fleet. He received his commission from the University of North Carolina Reserve Officer Training Program in 1998 and was appointed a Naval Aviator in 1999. He has accumulated over 2,800 hours of operational flight time aboard SH-60B and MH-60R Seahawk helicopters.

“Jeff set up the NBVC team for success and I hope to retain all of the knowledge he shared,” Kimnach said. “Today we honor him during his retirement, but we also celebrate his legacy which has helped carry NBVC into the future, facilitate the engagement of the Ventura County community and meet the needs of our fighters. “

“It’s not just about records and achievements,” said Bolivar. “For Captain Chism and his exceptional team of professionals, this is about how the base works. It’s about the mission, it’s about the quality of customer service and pride. The fighters are able to accomplish their mission, because Jeff and the NBVC team took care of everything. Captain Chism’s dedication to civic duty has had an impact on this base and this community that will be felt for a long time to come. Now I’m sure Captain Kimnach can hold onto that vision because he’s the right person at the right time.

Among the many distinguished guests were Congresswoman the Honorable Julia Brownley, Rear Admiral Scott Dillon, Commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center and Ventura County Sheriff Bill Ayub.

The change of command ceremony is a centuries-old naval tradition that has its origins in the ancient customs and laws of the sea started by the first sailors and sailors. As is customary, this ceremony should be formal and impressive to reinforce respect for authority and ensure that “all hands” personally witness the official change of command between officers duly authorized to assume control.

A retirement banner in honor of Captain Chism’s service read: “26 years, 15 moves, 6 deployments, 4 kids, 3 houses, 1 fun adventure.”

NBVC is a premier naval facility comprised of three operating facilities: Point Mugu, Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island. Strategically located in an unencumbered coastal area of ​​southern California, NBVC uses its superior geographic location as a key part of the DoD’s mission infrastructure.

Date taken: 08.07.2021
Date posted: 07.08.2021 23:18
Story ID: 400583
Location: NAS POINT MUGU, California, United States

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