LEMOORE - The “Shoguns” of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9 held a change of command ceremony at their home station, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Nov. 30.
With the officers and crew of CVW-9 assembled, Capt. Steven T. Hejmanowski relieved Capt. Warren E. Sisson as commander, CVW-9.
In keeping with naval tradition, Hejmanowski assumed command when he said to Sisson, "I relieve you, sir," and Sisson replied, "I stand relieved."
"CVW-9 Sailors have shown themselves to be truly incredible aviators, aircrew, maintainers and support personnel,” said Sisson. "During a demanding deployment, with the eye of the world on them, they stepped up and performed beyond any expectations. They get it – they understand the mission, and what it takes to be ready to perform carrier based operations anywhere in the world, whenever called on. I could not have asked for a more professional, talented and outstanding air wing to command.”
Sisson led CVW-9 through an intense deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet, including extended operations in the South China Sea, ensuring freedom of navigation throughout the area and maintaining the security of Carrier Strike Group 3. Following deployment, he has overseen training and operations as the air wing prepares for its next deployment.
A native of Corvallis, Oregon, Sisson received his commission in 1993 from the University of Colorado before earning his wings as a naval aviator in 1996.
Sisson’s operational assignments include tours with Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) as a junior officer, and Strike Fighter Squadron 27 (VFA-27) as a Department Head. He has completed nine deployments on USS Independence (CV 62), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS George Washington (CVN 73) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). He commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 115 (VFA-115).
Sisson has logged over 3,800 flight hours and has accumulated more than 1,000 carrier-arrested landings over his career.
His shore assignments include instructor pilot at Strike Fighter Squadron 122 (VFA-122); Strike Fighter Placement Officer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel; Operations Research Analyst in Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE), working for the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and a brief assignment as Battle Director in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center.
He completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase I through the Air Force Command and Staff College correspondence program. He graduated with distinction from the United States Navy War College, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, two Strike/Flight Air Medals, and other personal, campaign and service awards.
Hejmanowski, a native of Newburgh, New York, was raised in central Pennsylvania. He attended both the Pennsylvania State University and the United States Naval Academy, receiving his commission in 1992. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1995, and has served as CVW-9’s Deputy Commander since May of 2016.
"I’ve had the privilege to serve as Capt. Sisson and your [CVW-9’s] deputy," said Hejmanowski. "He led us all through a dynamic deployment, and, without pause, into a challenging training cycle. I look forward to carrying forward our tradition of excellence, and have no doubt every one of you will continue to demonstrate just what it means to be a part of “Team Shogun!”
CVW-9 is currently conducting training in preparation for an upcoming deployment with Carrier Strike Group 3.
CVW-9 consists of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 71, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 14, Fleet Logistics Combat Support Squadron (VRC) 30, Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 117, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 and Strike Fighter Squadrons (VFA) 14, 41, 97 and 151.