Leadership
Naval Air Force Atlantic

Capt. Michael A. Rovenolt

Chief of Staff, Naval Air Force Atlantic

29 January 2021

Captain Michael A. Rovenolt Chief od Staff AIRLANT
Captain Michael A. Rovenolt Chief od Staff AIRLANT
Captain Michael A. Rovenolt Chief od Staff AIRLANT
Captain Michael A. Rovenolt Chief od Staff AIRLANT
Captain Michael A. Rovenolt Chief od Staff AIRLANT
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VIRIN: 210129-N-CJ362-0001
Capt. Michael Rovenolt began his military career in the US Army as an Army aviator. He served as Chief Warrant Officer flying AH-1 Cobra and AH-64 Apache helicopters on various assignments until his discharge in 1995. While serving in the Army, Rovenolt earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University.
 
Rovenolt began his Navy career at NAS Pensacola, graduating from OCS in 1996. He earned his naval aviator wings in April, 1999 and then completed F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron training with the VFA-106 Gladiators. In June of 2000, Rovenolt reported to the Royal Maces of VFA-27. As a Royal Mace, he completed numerous at-sea periods on the USS Kitty Hawk within the Seventh Fleet AOR and one deployment to Fifth Fleet in support of Operation Southern Watch (OSW) / Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). His follow on assignment was to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific serving as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI).
 
Rovenolt returned to VFA-27 in December 2005 as the Training Officer completing three more at-sea periods aboard the USS Kitty Hawk. In June 2007, he reported to VFA-31 serving as the administrative officer, safety officer, and operations officer. During this tour, he completed a deployment onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In December 2009, he was assigned to the Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis (JCOA), Joint Staff J-7 (Hampton Roads) serving as military analyst and executive assistant to the Director. During this time, Rovenolt earned a Master’s degree in American History and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College resulting in Joint Officer Qualification.
 
Rovenolt returned to VFA-31  and assumed duties as executive officer in August 2012. Rovenolt assumed command on November 19, 2013 completing a deployment onboard the USS George H.W. Bush in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Enduring Freedom.
 
In June of 2015, Rovenolt reported to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) as N7 department head.  He served as the TOPGUN Skipper for over a year and a half.  During this time, he facilitated further development of Advanced Strike Fighter Tactics for the high-end fight. Rovenolt detached NAWDC in January 2017 and reported to VFA-106 for refresher training. He served as a CAOC battle director at AFCENT in Al Udeid AB, Qatar from March to June 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support. He reported to Japan in February 2018 as deputy commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE and took command of team BADMAN in August 2019. 
 
Rovenolt has accumulated over 6,200 military flight hours including 4,100 hours in the F/A-18 A-F and over 1150 carrier arrested landings.  He is NATOPS qualified in the F/A-18E/F, EA-18G, and MH60S. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, six Strike Flight Medals, one with combat “V”, three Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Army Commendation Medals.
 


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