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Presentation on History of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown This Sunday
Submitted by Gail Whittaker

YorkNWS imageOn Sunday, April 15, Captain Matthew Kosnar, U.S. Navy, the Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, will discuss the history of the base, which this year is marking its centennial. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in York Hall, 301 Main Street, Yorktown. This presentation is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the York County Historical Committee.

Established shortly after the United States' entry into World War I as the Naval Mine Depot, the base grew into the largest naval installation in the world. Today the facility includes the Naval Supply Center Cheatham Annex and hosts 37 tenant commands. Captain Kosnar will discuss how the installation and its tenant commands continue to provide critical fleet ordnance support for the Navy.

A native of Lockport, Illinois, Captain Kosnar holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, and has completed postgraduate studies at MIT, Old Dominion University, and National Defense University's Eisenhower School. His operational assignments include service in both attack and ballistic submarines. He has also served in Afghanistan, as commander of a Multi-national Provincial Reconstruction team conducting mounted combat patrols, and advising senior Afghan officials and warlords on NATO political and military matters. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and various campaign and unit awards. Captain Kosnar assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in February 2017.

For more information, please call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at (757) 890- 3500.


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