Commander Clifton G. Lennon
CDR Clifton Lennon is from Westminster, Maryland and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. He graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006 with a Master of Science in Applied Science (Operations Research). Designated as a Naval Aviator in August 2008, he reported to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, VA for initial training in the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
CDR Lennon’s first operational tour was with the “Gunslingers” of VFA-105 where he deployed onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2012, he attended the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Course with follow-on assignment as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic in Oceana.
In May 2015, CDR Lennon joined the “Eagles” of VFA-115 at Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan as Training Officer. While attached to VFA-115, he completed patrols onboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) as part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces.
After completion of his tour at VFA-115, CDR Lennon reported to the “Dambusters” of VFA-195 as a Department Head in April 2016. While with the “Dambusters”, he completed multiple WESTPAC patrol cycles onboard CVN 76 and served as the Safety, Admin, Maintenance, and Operations Officer. Additionally, VFA-195 completed a permanent duty station change from NAF Atsugi to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan in 2017.
Following his Department Head tour, CDR Lennon was assigned to Joint Staff, J-3 Directorate from January 2019 to February 2021. He served as an Action Officer and Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Regional Operations and Force Management (J-35).
CDR Lennon has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings. He reported to the “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 as Executive Officer in November 2021.