Capt. David J. Yoder relieved Capt. Wes McCall as commanding officer of Naval Station Mayport on Aug. 5 during a change of command ceremony held at Mayport Fitness Center. Rear Adm. Mary Jackson, Commander, Navy Region Southeast, served as guest speaker at the event.
McCall is a native of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and 1990 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1992 and has accumulated over 3,700 flight hours, including 3,400 hours in the H-60 F/H.
Captain McCall's sea assignments include his initial squadron tour with the HS-4 Black Knights; Helicopter Operations Officer for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. FIFTH Fleet in Manama, Bahrain; Administrative and Maintenance Officer with the HS-2 Golden Falcons; Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the HS-6 Indians and Navigator onboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73) home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
McCall's shore assignments include Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot, NATOPS, Standardization and with the HS-10 Warhawks and Protocol Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He assumed command of Naval Station Mayport, Fla. In August 2013. During his command, Naval Station Mayport welcomed the Amphibious Readiness Group (including USS Iwo Jima, USS Fort McHenry and USS New York) and USS Lassen to Mayport as a new homeport. He ensured the smooth transition and infrastructure of NS Mayport as the LCS footprint continues to grow to over 1,500 Sailors. The base grew to include the new Littoral Support Facility, one of several facilities constructed in support of the LCS program.
Naval Station Mayport led the way in force protection by exceeding all expectations in its ability to protect the 70 tenant commands, 14 homeported ships and visiting ships hailing from countries all over the world. He successfully hosted the first East Coast visit of the People's Liberation Army Navy, along with the Japanese Navy several months later. Mayport successfully coordinated with Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and NCIS for the safety and security of multiple festivals and triathalons visited by more than 10,000 people.
His commitment to quality recreation programs for the Sailors and their families led to various events, programs and upgrades to MWR facilities as well as MWR Mayport receiving its first 5-Star Accreditation Award from Commander, Navy Installation Command.
McCall is a 2005 graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff where he received a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and a 2013 graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College.
Yoder was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy in 1994. He received his wings of gold in June 1996 and subsequently reported to HS-1 in Jacksonville, FL for fleet replacement training in the SH60F and HH60H helicopter.
Yoder's first sea tour was with the HS-3 "Tridents", serving as Assistant Training Officer, Aviation/Armament Division Officer and Quality Assurance Officer. As a Trident, he completed deployments aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). His next two sea tours were with CVW-1 aboard USS Enterprise (CVN-65), first as the Anti-Submarine Warfare/Combat Search and Rescue officer on the CVW-1 staff and then as a department head with the HS-11 "Dragonslayers" where he served as the Training Officer, Safety Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. As a Dragonslayer, he was selected as the 2006 Pilot of the Year for both COMNAVAIRLANT and the Naval Helicopter Association. His most recent sea tour was as the Commanding Officer of the HSC-7 "Dusty Dogs" assigned to CVW-3 aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75).
Assignments ashore include duty as a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor at the COMHSWINGLANT Weapons Training Unit, a Joint Exercise Planning Officer at Special Operations Command - Pacific, and most recently as the Deputy Director of United States Special Operations Command's International Engagement Program.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy with a focus in Long Term Strategy from National Defense University's Eisenhower School.