Capt. Raymond Leung will relieve Kenosha, Wis. native Capt. James Hawkins as Commanding Officer of Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) at 1 p.m. Friday, May 11 during a change of command ceremony at Ross Theater.
The ceremony will take place aboard the installation at Ross Theater on the mainside of the installation. Rear Adm. John Scorby, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, will serve as the guest speaker. Hawkins will retire at the end of the ceremony after 27 years of honorable and dedicated service.
Hawkins served as Commanding Officer, Naval Station Great Lakes from March 2015 to May 2018. Under his command, Naval Station Great Lakes was awarded the prestigious 2015 and 2017 Chicago Federal Executive Board’s Agency of the Year from 178 Federal Offices in the Chicago area, and the Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Gold Level Award. Naval Station Great Lakes also became a model of efficiency, reducing energy intensity by 30 percent and reduced utility costs by $9 million per year utilizing an aggressive energy reduction program driven by major efficiency improvement projects. During this time, Naval Station Great Lakes worked collaboratively with local, state and federal partners to successfully host the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago.
A native of Kenosha, Wis., Hawkins is a 1987 graduate of St. Joseph High School and a 1991 graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a commission through Naval ROTC. Hawkins was designated a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye in February 1994.
Hawkins has deployed with the “Bear Aces” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 124 (VAW 124); the “Bluetails” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 121 (VAW 121); and as Navigator onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74).
Ashore, Hawkins has served at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev.; United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk Va.; and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo. Captain Hawkins had command of Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC) San Diego from September 2007 to March 2010. He assumed command of Naval Station Great Lakes on March 4, 2015.
Hawkins has over 2,300 hours and 500 arrested landings in the E-2C Hawkeye. He holds a master’s degree from the Naval War College and is a graduate of the Naval Operational Planner Course and Joint Forces Staff College. Hawkins’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (five awards), and various other personal, unit, and campaign awards. Hawkins was a 2011 Stennis Center “Straight Furrow” award winner for outstanding leadership, professionalism, and integrity.
A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Leung is a 1990 graduate of Sunnyslope High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Arizona where he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School (Class 02-96) in Pensacola, Fla. and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in the E-2C Hawkeye in February 1998.
Leung has served with the “Wallbanger” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SEVEN (VAW-117); the “Sun Kings” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE ONE SIX (VAW-116); as the Operations Officers onboard USS GERALD R. FORD (CVN 78); and commanded the “Screwtops” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO THREE (VAW-123).
Ashore, Leung has served at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO ZERO in Naval Station Norfolk, Va. as an E-2C Hawkeye 2000 instructor and AIRPAC/AIRLANT E-2C Hawkeye 2000 Evaluator; as the Air Adversary Officer at Carrier Group ONE in Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.; as an Action Officer/Branch Chief in the Operations Plans Division (J35) at the United States Central Command in Tampa, Fla.
Leung has 2300 hours and 400 arrested landings in the E-2C Hawkeye. He has an Associate of Arts in French from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif.; a Master in Defense Studies (MDS) from Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario, Canada; JPME 1 from Canadian Staff College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and JPME 2 from Joint Forces Staff College.
Leung’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike/Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards with a Combat ‘V’), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.