Capt. James Huddleston
Captain Huddleston graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He was designated a Naval Aviator in February of 2005, going on to fly the FA-18E/F Super Hornet as well as the FA-18C and F-16A.
Captain Huddleston’s operational assignments include tours with the “Bounty Hunters” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, the “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34, the “Rampagers” of VFA-83, and as the Commanding Officer of VFA-211. He has cruised aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as well as the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and Freedom’s Sentinel.
Huddleston is a graduate of the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in Fallon, Nevada and remained there for an instructor tour. He completed additional shore assignments as the training officer of the “Gladiators” of VFA-106, Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic, and then returned to VFA-106 as the Commanding Officer. Next Huddleston was assigned to the Joint Staff (J7) in the Joint Exercise Division, also serving as a Team Chief for the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Management Team in the J33.
Captain Huddleston has over 3,600 flight hours and 650 arrested landings. His personal awards and decorations include the LCDR Michael G. Hoff Attack Aviator of the Year award for Naval Air Force Atlantic, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal, unit, and service awards.