An abbreviated Change of Command ceremony was held Thursday onboard Naval Air Facility El Centro.

Captain William Perkins relieved Captain Derrick Kingsley and assumed command of the local base. Kingsley has served as the installation's commanding officer since January of this year and will now move on to Naval Air Station Patuxent River as Executive Officer of the installation before taking over as that bases Commanding Officer.

Captain Perkins is a native of South Windsor , Ct. He has recently served with the U.S. Seventh Fleet as Director , Maritime Operations Center.