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Perkins Relieves Kingsley as Base Commander

EL CENTRO, Calif. – Captain William Perkins relieved Captain Derrick Kingsley and assumed command of Naval Air Facility El Centro a few days ago on base.

In an abbreviated ceremony with limited participants conducted at the installation’s main flag pole, the leadership of the installation was transferred as scheduled.

Kingsley has served as the installation’s commanding officer since Jan. 2020 to bridge the gap between the installation’s previous commander, Capt Brent Alfonzo and incoming Capt Perkins. Kingsley is scheduled to transfer to Naval Air Station Patuxent River where he will serve as that installation’s Executive Officer before fleeting up to the role of Commanding Officer.

“Many thanks to the men and women who bring NAF El Centro to life every day- both in and out of uniform.  While my time here was short, I leave with fond memories and great thanks for the immense support from our neighbors in the Imperial Valley,” said Kingsley during the ceremony.

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