CVW 9

Captain Steven T. Hejmanowski

Captain James D. Christie

CMDCM John H. Walker

Commander

Carrier Air Wing Nine

Deputy Commander Carrier Air Wing Nine

Command Master Chief

Carrier Air Wing Nine

Chain of Command

Commander

A native of Newburgh, New York, and raised in Pennsylvania. Captain Hejmanowski attended the Pennsylvania State University and the United States Naval Academy, receiving his commission and graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1992.

He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1995. Hejmanowski's operational assignments include tours with Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211) as a junior officer and again as Department Head. He completed eight deployments on USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Hejmanowski has accumulated over 3,700 flight hours in the F-14, F/A-18, F-16, F-5 and the EA-18G and accumulated over 750 carrier-arrested landings. He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 102 (VFA 102).

His shore assignments include the US Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN); instructor Radar Intercept Officer at Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101); Operations Officer for the F/A-18E/F Detachment at Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (VFA-106); staff of Commander, Naval Air Force, Atlantic, serving as Strike Fighter Readiness Officer; N7 Department Head (TOPGUN CO) and N5 Department Head (STRIKE) at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC); Deputy for Naval Aviation and Tactical Air Systems working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L); and a brief assignment as Battle Director in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and various other unit and campaign awards.

 

Captain Steven T. Hejmanowski

Carrier Air Wing Nine

Captain James D. Christie

A native of Vancouver, Washington, Captain Christie received his commission in 1994 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

He was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997. Christie's operational assignments include tours with Strike Fighter Squadron 137 (VFA-137) as a junior officer, with Strike Fighter Squadron 2 (VFA-2) as a training officer, and Strike Fighter Squadron 22 (VFA-22) as a Department Head. He has completed seven deployments aboard various ships to include the USS Constellation (CV 64), USS Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), and USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Christie has logged over 3,400 flight hours and has accumulated more than 840 carrier-arrested landings. He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154) operationally, based out of NAS Lemoore.

His shore assignments include instructor pilot with Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122); Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor with Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific; lead strategist for Shia insurgent reconciliation, Force Strategic Engagement Cell, Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I); Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center N7 Department Head (TOPGUN) and N5 Department Head (STRIKE). In addition, he commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA-101), the Navy's first F-35C Fleet Replacement Squadron, and he was responsible for the pre-commissioning detachment that re-established VFA-125 as NAS Lemoore's F-35C FRS.

For graduate education, Christie attended the United States Navy War College, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. He is the 2005 Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Leadership Award recipient.

His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Strike Flight Air Medals (three awards), Navy Commendation Medals (two awards), Navy Achievement Medals (two awards) and numerous other campaign and unit awards.

 

Carrier Air Wing Nine

Deputy Commander

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Walker assumed his current duties as the Carrier Air Wing NINE, Command Master Chief in February 2017. His responsibilities include the dissemination and promotion of navy policies which affect the mission, readiness, welfare, and morale of all "Team Shogun" Sailors within the Air Wing and their families.

Master Chief Walker was born in Brunswick, GA. He graduated from Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, GA and entered the Navy in September 1997. After completing basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes he attended Radioman Apprenticeship Training at NTC Great Lakes, IL.

In April 1998, Master Chief Walker reported to his first command, USS McFAUL (DDG-74) homeported in Norfolk, VA. While onboard he deployed to both the Sixth Fleet and Fifth Fleet AOR's and was involved in multiple operations including ENDURING FREEDOM and advanced to First Class Petty Officer.

Master Chief Walker then reported for Instructor duty at the Center for Information Dominance LS Great Lakes, IL in January 2002. During this tour he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer, and was selected as the Curriculum Development Leading Chief Petty Officer for Apprenticeship training.

In January 2005, Master Chief Walker reported to Commander Naval Forces Europe-Commander Sixth Fleet, in Naples, Italy where he was assigned as the flag communications Leading Chief Petty Officer for Commander United States Naval Forces Europe-Commander Armed Forces South.

Master Chief Walker then reported to Navy Personnel Command, Millington, TN in August 2008 and was selected for Senior Chief Petty Officer. Master Chief Walker volunteered for assignment to the commissioning crew of the USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23) built in Avondale, LA and homeported in San Diego, CA. While onboard he was selected for Master Chief Petty Officer and the Command Master Chief Program.

Master Chief Walker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 159 Blue) and Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat (Class 129).

Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit and personal awards.

John H. Walker

CMDCM

Carrier Air Wing

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