Capt. Arthur J. Johnson will take the helm of U.S. Naval Forces Marianas during a change-of-commander ceremony Thursday.

The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at the base’s Flag Circle on Nimitz Hill.

Johnson, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral lower half, replaces Rear Adm. Patrick W. Dunne, who is reporting to Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif.

U.S. 7th Fleet Commander, Vice Adm. Robert F. Willard, will offer the keynote address during the change of command.

Johnson is vacating the assistant deputy director for politico-military affairs-Asia for J5, The Joint Staff. As Naval Forces Marianas’ commander he’ll also serve as U.S. Pacific Command Representative for Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau.

Born in Burlington, Vt., Johnson is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Johnson has served aboard the carrier USS Carl Vinson and completed command tours at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, and Naval Air Station Brunswick, Maine.

Dunne is leaving his Guam post after more than two years as commander.

A U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Dunne has also earned a degree from Naval Post Graduate School.

He has had numerous sea and shore assignments worldwide including stints as commander of the submarine USS Baltimore and submarine tender USS Frank Cable.

Dunne previously has served as Congressional Liaison Officer for Submarine Programs, Director of Naval Programs and Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs.

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