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Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Ves W. Whittemore

A native of Forney, Texas, Cmdr. Ves Whittemore enlisted in the Navy in 1995 and received his commission in 2005. He graduated from The Citadel with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2004, and the Florida Institute of Technology with a Master of Science in Information Technology in 2012.

Whittemore graduated from RTC, Great Lakes, IL in 1996. As a Gas Turbine Systems Technician (Mechanical), his assignments included tours in USS JOHN HANCOCK (DD-981) and USS DEYO (DD-989), where he qualified as Engineering Officer of the Watch (EOOW), and was selected for commissioning through the Seaman to Admiral-21 program.

He was designated a Naval Aviator in May 2007 and following P-3C training at Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, Jacksonville, FL began his first flying tour with the “Fighting Tigers” of VP-8, Brunswick, ME. Subsequent operational tours include assistant navigator aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), Yokosuka, Japan, and a department head tour with the “World Famous Golden Eagles” of VP-9 at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and Whidbey Island, WA. CDR Whittemore has deployments to FOURTH, FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleets in support of Operations FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, INHERENT RESOLVE, RESTORING HOPE, and UNIFIED RESPONSE.

His shore tours include VP-30 serving as an instructor in the P-3C Orion, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School, serving as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor, and as Chief of Operations at Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing FIVE SEVEN, Manama, Bahrain.

In May 2021, Whittemore reported to the VP-16 “War Eagles” as the Executive Officer. In April 2022 he assumed command as the 68th Commanding Officer.

Personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two strike flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with gold stars), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Silver Star), as well as multiple unit and service awards.

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