CHIEF OF STAFF
Captain John H. Fox is a native of Freeport, Illinois. A graduate of Western Illinois University he began his military career in 1989 by enlisting in the United States Navy and attending boot camp at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes, Illinois. After becoming qualified as an Aviation Ordnance Air Crewman in Nov 1990, he reported to Patrol Squadron FOURTY, located at Moffett Field, California. While assigned to VP-40 he deployed to Alaska, Panama and Puerto Rico.
After receiving his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School and upon completion of Naval Flight Officer training Captain Fox reported to NAS Brunswick, Maine and flew with both VP-11 and VP-10. While assigned to the “Proud Pegasus” and “Red Lancers” he deployed to Sicily, Panama and Puerto Rico. Following his operational tour, Captain Fox transferred to Commander Patrol Reconnaissance Wing FIVE where he served as the Special Projects Officer, Assistant Training Officer and Weapons and Tactics Instructor. After a two-year tour at CPRW-FIVE, he reported to the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN. and served as the Aviation Student Placement Officer and Assistant VP Placement Officer.
In December 2002, Captain Fox checked on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) and qualified as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer. He served as the Bow/Waist Catapult Branch Officer, V-2 Division Training Officer and V-2 Division Officer. While on board he deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In Nov 2002 Captain Fox reported to VP-45 for his Department Head tour where he served as the Aviation Safety Officer, Training Officer and Operations Officer. While assigned to the “Fighting Pelicans” he deployed to Qatar and Sicily.
Nov 2007 Captain Fox reported to US Joint Forces Command and served as the Executive Assistant to the Political Advisor. In May 2010, Captain Fox reported to VP-5 in Jacksonville, FL as the Executive Officer and in May 2011 became the 61st Commanding Officer of the Mad Foxes. In May 2012 Captain Fox reported to the Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group.
His awards include the Meritorious Defense Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and various other unit and campaign decorations.