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John C. Aquilino
Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino in September 2017
Place of birth Huntington, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1984–present
Rank Vice Admiral
Commands held Commander U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, Commander Combined Maritime Forces, Commander U.S. 5th Fleet
Battles/wars Operation Deny Flight
Deliberate Force
Southern Watch
Noble Eagle
Enduring Freedom
Iraqi Freedom
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5)
Bronze Star (2)

John C. Aquilino is a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy, serving as the commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and Combined Maritime Forces since September 2017.

Naval career[edit | edit source]

Aquilino graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1984, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He subsequently entered flight training and earned his wings in August 1986. Aquilino graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), the Joint Forces Staff College and completed Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education Program in National and International Security.[1]

His operational assignments include numerous fighter squadrons flying the F-14 A/B Tomcat and the F-18 C/E/F Hornet. His fleet assignments include the Ghost Riders of Fighter Squadron (VF) 142 and the Black Aces of VF-41. He commanded the World Famous Red Rippers of VF-11, Carrier Air Wing 2 and Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2. He has made several extended deployments in support of Operation Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.[1]

His shore tour assignments include duties as an adversary instructor pilot flying the A-4, F-5 and F-16N aircraft for the Challengers of VF-43; operations officer of Strike Weapons and Tactics School, Atlantic; flag aide to the vice chief of naval operations; special assistant for weapons systems and advanced development in the Office of the Legislative Affairs for the Secretary of Defense; director of air wing readiness and training, for Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Fleet; and executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.[1]

His flag assignments include director of strategy and policy (J5), U.S. Joint Forces Command; deputy director, joint force coordinator (J31), the Joint Staff; commander, CSG-2, director of maritime operations, U.S. Pacific Fleet (N04); and most recently, deputy chief of naval operations for operations, plans and strategy (N3/N5).[1]

Awards and decorations[edit | edit source]

Naval Aviator Badge.jpg Naval Aviator insignia
Navy CaS.png Command at Sea insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Legion of Merit with four gold award stars
Gold star
Bronze Star with award star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Gold star
Meritorious Service Medal with award star
Award numeral 6.png Air Medal with bronze Strike/Flight numeral "6"
"V" device, gold.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and four award stars
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with award star
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with one bronze service star
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with four service stars
NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia
U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Rifleman Medal
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Vice Admiral John C. Aquilino". US Navy. http://ipv6.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=595. Retrieved 12 February 2018.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.

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