JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There is a change coming to Naval Air Station Jacksonville on August 2 at 9 a.m. A change will take place in NAS Jacksonville Hangar 117.
Captain Roy Undersander will relieve Capt. Bob Sanders as NAS Jax Commanding Officer.
A native of Saint Cloud, Minn., Undersander joined the Navy in June 1987 through the Naval Aviation Cadet program. Upon completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School, he was designated a naval aviation cadet and reported to NAS Whiting Field, Fla. for primary and helicopter flight training.
He was designated a naval aviator and commissioned as an ensign on March 17, 1989. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University and a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Undersander's numerous operational assignments include HS-4 "Black Knights" with an embark on board USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63); HS-1 as a fleet readiness squadron instructor; HS-5 "Nightdippers" as quality assurance officer; HS-15 "Red Lions" as a department head, and HS-5 "Nightdippers" as executive officer with a follow on assignment as commanding officer.
During his tenure, the Nightdippers were awarded the Isbell Trophy and Thatch Award for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare excellence and completed successful deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
In addition, he has accumulated 4,500 flight hours during his naval career.
Undersander's shore and staff assignments include Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) in Fallon, Nev. as an air wing instructor and later helped develop the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor course.
During this tour he also served as flag aide to Commander, Naval Strike & Air Warfare Center. He also had assignments at Naval Air Systems Command Airworthiness Office, and U.S. Strategic Command, JFCC Global Strike J5, where he served as chief, Conventional Non-kinetic Plans Division.
On Jan. 13, 2012, Undersander assumed the position of NAS Jacksonville executive officer. The new NAS Jax executive officer will be Capt. Howard Wanamaker.
During his tour as commanding officer, Sanders led NAS Jacksonville, the third largest naval base in the U.S., employing 22,000 personnel.
Sanders will report to Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific as chief of staff, Carrier Strike Group 1 on board USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).