Officer in Charge
Cmdr. Greg R. Cooke
Cmdr. Greg Cooke was commissioned at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Mississippi State University, and Master's Degrees from both Virginia Tech University and the Naval War College. Cooke earned his “Wings of Gold” in Meridian, Mississippi in November of 2000.
His first sea tour was with Fleet Logistics Support (VRC) 30, the “Providers”, flying the C-2A Greyhound out of San Diego, California. During this tour, Cooke deployed aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) supporting Operation Unified Assistance to tsunami ravaged regions in and around Indonesia. To date, he has landed on 7 different air craft carriers.
In 2005, Cooke was requested for shore duty in Washington, DC with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) where he served as Multiple Threat and Alert Center (MTAC) operations officer as well as Europe/Africa CT/CI intelligence analyst and Sub-Saharan Africa subject matter expert.
Cooke continued his counter terrorism work during his disassociated sea tour as the officer in charge of the 2nd Fleet TLAM Counter Terror Strike Planning Cell forward deploying to 5th and 6th Fleet strike cells and finally working directly for the Navy Special Warfare Development Group out of Dam Neck, Virginia.
Transitioning to the full time support (FTS) community, Cooke completed his department head tour with Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 77, the “Night Wolves”, out of New Orleans, Louisiana. During this tour he served as both maintenance and operations officer as well as LNO to Joint Interagency Task Force South at Naval Air Station Key West. Deployment sites included Colombia, El Salvador, Grand Cayman, and Curacao. Cooke was selected as the Airborne Command and Control and Logistics Wing (ACCLOGWING) FTS/Reservist of the Year 2012.
Following his department head tour, Cooke reported to the Pentagon for duty with OPNAV N98 as the lead flying hour requirements officer, maintaining and sustaining the budget for all of Navy and Marine Corps aviation for both active duty and reserve flying.
After a successful Pentagon tour, Cooke took command of Naval Operations and Support Center, Salt Lake City where he led 14 individual reserve units and staff consisting of - 500 personnel.
After the change of command, Cooke entered the Naval War College as a student and earned a Master's Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies before taking over as officer in charge of the ACCLOGWING Squadron Augment Unit.
Awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4) as well as various individual, campaign, and unit awards.