Plankowners share the unique experience of watching their ship transition from a PCU (Pre-Commissioning Unit) to a USS (United States Ship). One captain might lead the commissioning of the ship before turning over command to another shortly thereafter.

Similarly, John Lunsford led the Flight Deck Veterans Group as commanding officer through their launch this year. John is heading for a well-deserved rest and the fruits of retirement. Chris Wills has taken over the helm after serving as the group’s executive officer and a member of the board of advisors. The retired Senior Chief Petty Officer brings over 30 years of military service to the fraternal organization.

“I hope I can live up to the great work John did and truly embrace the FDVG’s mission of Veterans serving Veterans,” Wills says.

In addition to this change, Will’s appoints AOC (AW/SW) RETIRED Michael Deacon as FDVG’s Executive Officer! Strengthing the team Will’s also appoints Joe Vidal, Scott Lynch, and Darren Sapp to the Board of Advisors.