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CAPT George M. Wikoff

Commander, Carrier Air Wing THREE

Captain George M. Wikoff was born in New Brunswick, N.J.  He received his commission through the George Washington University NROTC program in 1990.

Captain Wikoff was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1993 and received orders to the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 at Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, for F-14 Tomcat training. 

In September 1994 he reported to his first fleet assignment was as a member of the “Diamondbacks” of VF-102. There, he deployed in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT and SOUTHERN WATCH aboard USS AMERICA (CV 66).

In May 1997, Captain Wikoff was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), where he remained as a staff instructor and served as the Training Officer.

In September 2000, Captain Wikoff reported to the Forward Deployed Naval Forces and the “Black Knights” of VF-154 in Atsugi, Japan.  The squadron embarked to the Western Pacific aboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) where Captain Wikoff served as Maintenance and Operations Officer. 

In January 2003, Captain Wikoff was assigned to the Naval Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn., where he managed manning for the Tomcat and Super Hornet communities as Placement Officer. 

In December 2004, Captain Wikoff reported to the Joint Staff were he served as an Action Officer in the Operations Directorate, Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense. 

In May 2007, Captain Wikoff reported to the “Checkmates” of VFA-211 where he deployed aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.  He assumed command of the “Checkmates” in August 2008. 

In November 2009, Captain Wikoff reported to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N88) where he served as Special Programs Requirements Officer.

In March 2011, Captain Wikoff assumed command of the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles”, the west coast F18A-F Fleet Replacement Squadron.

Following a brief assignment as the Battle Director, Combined Air and Space Operating Center, Captain Wikoff reported to the fleet as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing THREE in January 2013. He assumed command in December 2013 while deployed aboard the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75).

Captain Wikoff is a 1990 graduate of the Catholic University of America, receiving a Bachelors of Arts in Financial Management.  He holds a Masters of Science in Operations Management from University of Arkansas and was designated a Joint Specialty Officer in 2010.

His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Air Medal (four Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and Navy Achievement Medal with one gold star.