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Commander Michael P. Codington


 

CDR Michael P. CodingtonCommander Michael P. Codington is the Commanding Officer at Strike Fighter Squadron THIRTY ONE at NAS Oceana, VA.  CDR Codington earned his commission in 2001 through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL and received his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator at NAS Meridian, MS in July 2005.
 
His aviation career includes six deployments and 70 combat missions in the F/A-18C and F/A-18E supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.  CDR Codington is a graduate of the Naval Fighter Weapon School where he remained afterward as an instructor at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC).  He was the Subject Matter Expert in Large Force Employment at NAWDC and was responsible for training Carrier Air Wings to conduct Large Force Strikes in preparation for upcoming combat deployments as well as the Strike Fighter Lead for the Joint training evolution Neptune Falcon at Nellis AFB, NV.
 
While at NAWDC he was named the Joint Strike Fighter SME and was hand-selected to train Egyptian pilots during Operation Bright Star in Cairo, Egypt as well as Australian Joint Terminal Attack Controllers in Queensland, Australia.
 
As a Department Head in VFA-15, he held every key position including Safety Officer, Administration Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer.
 
As a member of the Joint Staff, he held the position of Air Power Joint Working Group lead where he was responsible for Global Force Management of all fighter and Bomber Aircraft requirements.
 
His personal qualifications include, Air Wing Qualified Landing Signal Officer, Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor, JPME I graduate, Command Duty Officer Underway, and Air Wing Mission Commander.  CDR Codington has over 2,500 mishap free flight hours and 565 carrier arrested landings.  He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (three Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and campaign awards.

 
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