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CDR Shawn Navinskey


CDR Shawn NavinskeyA native of Tampa, Florida, Commander Navinskey graduated from the University of South Florida in 2004, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. CDR Navinskey was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in January 2005 and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for Aviation Pre-flight Indoctrination. His next two duty stations in Texas included Corpus Christi and Kingsville, where he earned his Naval Aviator Wings in April 2007. Upon earning his wings, he remained at VT-22 as a Selectively Retained Graduate (SERGRAD) to instruct his fellow aviators. After a year as a SERGRAD, CDR Navinskey reported to the VFA-106 “Gladiators” for initial fleet training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.

CDR Navinskey began his operational flying in May 2009 with the “Argonauts” of VFA-147.  While an “Argo” he made two deployments, one aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 72) executing a Western Pacific patrol, and one aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) taking place in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), Operation TOMODACHI, Operation NEW DAWN, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour CDR Navy was awarded the Admiral Wesley L. McDonald Leadership award and was also selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in Fallon, NV.

CDR Navinskey, upon graduating from TOPGUN, reported to the STRIKE department of NSAWC in May 2012. While at STRIKE he instructed in the proper execution of the Airborne Interdiction Mission Commander (AIMC) syllabus, earned his Level IV Adversary qualification and was chosen to be qualified in the F-16A/B Fighting Falcon. While at STRIKE he instructed eight Air Wings in execution of Overland Strike and Air Warfare.

CDR Navinskey returned to the fleet in February 2015 as a Training Officer in VFA-151, the “Vigilantes.”  While with the “Vigis”, he completed one deployment aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 72) in support of the Seventh Fleet Commander. While assigned to VFA-151, CDR Navinskey was selected as the Air Wing Tactical Standardization Officer and also completed the requirements to be an Air Wing Strike Lead.

Upon completing the deployment as a Training Officer, CDR Navinskey attended Aviation Safety School in Pensacola, FL and reported to the Warhawks of VFA-97 for his Department Head tour in August 2016. While with the Warhawks, CDR Navinskey served as both the Operations and Maintenance Officer and executed a partial deployment to the Fifth Fleet AOR is support of Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. During this deployment CDR Navinskey was selected to attend the U.S. Naval War College, in Newport, RI. After reporting to Newport in Jan 2018, CDR Navinskey graduated the U.S. Naval War College in March 2019 with a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies.

Upon leaving the U.S. Naval War College, CDR Navinskey checked in as the Executive Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR THREE in October of 2020.

CDR Navy has accumulated over 2600 flight hours in 5 aircraft and over 500 carrier arrested landings, including 15 combat missions. His awards include the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Humanitarian Service Medal, and various service awards and ribbons.

 
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