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Executive Officer
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 FRS
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Executive Officer
Cmdr. Joshua Keever            


CDR Joshua KeeverCmdr. Keever was born in Mansfield, Ohio, and graduated with honors from Miami University (OH) with a degree in Biology.  He was commissioned a naval officer through the ROTC program in 1998 and upon completion of flight school in September 1999, he was awarded the Major General William A. Cohen Strike Leadership award for top graduate and designated as a naval flight officer (NFO).
 
He completed fleet replacement training for the S-3B Viking at Sea Control Squadron (VS) 41 Naval Air Station North Island, California, in October 1999 and reported for his first fleet tour with the “Topcats” of VS-31 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.  Following his first combat deployment with Carrier Air Wing (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.
 
Keever completed flight training at Naval Air Station Meridian, Mississippi, and was re-designated a naval aviator in September 2004. He reported to the “Gladiators” of Strike Fighter Squadron (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 in the F/A-18C Legacy Hornet.
 
Keever checked into the “Rampagers” of 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, Keever completed an in-residence course at the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in Montgomery, Alabama, where he completed JPME phase I while earning a Master’s Degree in Military Studies.
 
Keever reported to the “Stingers” of VFA-113 located at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, 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 U.S. Pacific Fleet, Battle Efficiency Award.
 
Keever checked into the “Flying Eagles” of 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, U.S. 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). 
 
Keever returned to sea duty in May 2018 as the operations officer for CVW-1 and deployed three times onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) to the 2nd, 5th, and 6th Fleet area of responsibilities, becoming the first air wing to operate north of the Arctic Circle in over three decades.  In August 2021, He reported to VFA-106 located at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and is currently serving as the executive officer. 
 
Keever’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (5), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Navy Achievement Medal (2) and various campaign, unit, and personal awards.  He has logged over 4,800 flight hours in 26 different military and civilian aircraft and has more than 900 carrier landings onboard 12 different aircraft carriers. 

 
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