CDR Joshua Keever
Commander Keever was born in Mansfield, OH in 1975. He graduated with honors from Miami University (OH) with a degree in Biology and was commissioned a Naval Officer through the Naval ROTC program in 1998. At the completion of flight school in September 1999, he was awarded the Major General William A. Cohen Strike Leadership award for Top Graduate and was designated a Naval Flight Officer.
He completed Fleet Replacement training for the S-3B Viking at Sea Control Squadron FOUR ONE (VS-41) NAS North Island, CA in October 1999 and reported for his first Fleet tour with the “TOPCATS” of Sea Control Squadron THREE ONE (VS-31) at NAS Jacksonville, FL. Following his first combat deployment with CVW-7 onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, he was selected as 1 of only 10 Naval Flight Officers for a pilot transition. He checked out of the “TOPCATS” in October 2002 and headed back to flight school.
CDR Keever completed flight training at NAS Meridian, MS and was re-designated a Naval Aviator in September 2004. He reported to the “GLADIATORS” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106) for Fleet Replacement training in the F/A-18C Hornet in October 2004. He graduated in August 2005, and was awarded “Top Hook” following his initial Carrier Qualification (CQ) in the F/A-18C Legacy Hornet.
CDR Keever checked into the “RAMPAGERS” of Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT THREE (VFA-83) in August 2005 and completed his second combat deployment in May 2007 supporting Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM with CVW-7 onboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69). While assigned to the RAMPAGERS, he was chosen as the 2007 Naval Air Forces Atlantic American Legion Valor Award Nominee. Following his tour with VFA-83, CDR Keever completed an in-residence course at the USAF Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in Montgomery, AL. where he completed JPME phase I while earning a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.
CDR Keever reported to the “STINGERS” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ONE THREE (VFA-113) located at NAS Lemoore, CA in October 2009 and served as the Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer while completing two combat deployments in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN with CVW-17 onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). During his tour he was the 2012 CVW-17 nominee for the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership, with the STINGERS additionally being awarded the 2012 Commander Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet, Battle Efficiency Award.
CDR Keever checked into the “FLYING EAGLES” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO TWO (VFA-122) in April 2012 as an F/A-18A-F Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Instructor Pilot and served as Safety Officer and Training Officer. In November 2014 he became the Operations Officer for Strike Fighter Wing, US Pacific Fleet (SFWP) - the largest Type Wing in the Navy, serving until his transfer in May 2018. While assigned to SFWP, he earned his Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) with Honors from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
CDR Keever returned to sea duty in May 2018 as the Operations Officer for Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1) and deployed three times onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) to the 2nd, 5th, and 6th FLEET AORs, becoming the first Air Wing to operate north of the Arctic Circle in over three decades. In August 2021, He reported to Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX (VFA-106), located at NAS Oceana, VA., and is currently serving as the Executive Officer.
Commander Keever’s decorations include the Air Medal (4), Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various campaign, unit, and personal awards. He has logged over 4,700 flight hours in 25 different military and civilian aircraft and has more than 900 Carrier landings onboard 12 different Aircraft Carriers.