Capt. Junge to Chair Sail for Youth
The Sail for Youth steering committee is proud to announce that Capt. Christopher Junge has been named the honorary chairman for this year’s Sail for Youth 2012 event that will take place on Saturday, August 25, 2012. The event will raise funds for youth programs at Calvert Hospice, Prince Frederick Rotary Foundation and the Southern Maryland Sailing Foundation.
“We are very excited to have someone of Captain Junge’s stature to be our honorary chair this year; it’s great to have a representative from PAX River to help support our sailors as we strive to support area youth programs,” stated Mr. Stovy Brown, Sail for Youth creator.
Capt. Junge is a native of Huntingburg, Ind. He graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign through NROTC. Following flight training in Pensacola, Fla., Capt. Junge was designated a Naval Aviator in May 1989 and completed initial E-2C Hawkeye training in May 1990.
Capt. Junge’s operational tours include VAW-122 and VAW-115. With VAW-122, he deployed aboard the USS Forrestal and USS Constellation, and with VAW-115, he served as Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer during contingency deployments to the Arabian Gulf aboard the USS Independence and the USS Kitty Hawk. From August of 2010 to April 2011, Capt. Junge was Commander of Task Group 67.8, providing persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance with MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aircraft in the Horn of Africa.
Capt. Junge’s NAWC and NAVAIR assignments include a tour as an E-2C and C-2A test pilot at Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron (VX-20), two tours at US Naval Test Pilot School as an instructor, including as the Chief Flight Instructor, and a tour as an IPT lead in PMA-271, the E-6B TACAMO Program Office. From February 2006 to February 2009, Capt. Junge served as the Chief Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of the VX-30 Bloodhounds at Point Mugu, CA. VX-30 tour highlights includes support of Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense test programs, Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, AMRAAM, and SLAM-ER. In March 2009, Capt. Junge reported to NAWCWD as the Military Deputy for AIR 5.3, Threat/Target Systems and in July 2010, he reported to PEO(U&W) for assignement in PMA-242 as the Advanced Technology lead. He reported in July 2012 as the NAWCAD Vice Commander.
Capt. Junge graduated with distinction from the USNTPS as part of Class 106. He earned a Masters of Science in Aeronautical Engineering (with Honors) in December of 2001 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Ca. and was awarded the prestigious Admiral William Adger Moffett Aeronautics Award for 2002.
Capt. Junge has accumulated 4400 hours, including almost 3000 hours in the E-2C Hawkeye, and over 400 arrested landings. His bride is the former Mary Malloy of Grand Blanc, MI and they have three awesome kids – Josh, Paige, and Noah.
For more information about Sail for Youth 2012 log on to www.sail4youth.org.
Source: Sail for Youth