Lecture to discuss history of the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station

Captian Matthew Kosnar, the Commanding Officer of the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station, will discuss the history of the base, which marks its centennial this year.

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.

Kosnar 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 honors include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and various campaign and unit awards. Kosnar assumed duties as Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Yorktown in February 2017.

The event is sponsored by the County Historical Committee.

The lecture begins at 3 p.m. April 15 in York Hall on 301 Main Street. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call York County Parks, Recreation and Tourism at 890-3500.

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