CAPT Dusty “Gigi” Rhodes, USN is a native of Larchmont, NY. In 1991 he accepted a nomination to the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering in 1995. In 2010, he received an Executive Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
CAPT Rhodes’s previous assignments include the following: In 1998 he received his designation as a naval aviator at NAS Meridian, MS. From there he transferred to NAS Lemoore, CA to complete his flight training and carrier qualification in the F/A-18 Hornet with the VFA-125 Rough Raiders. From March 1999 to April 2002, CAPT Rhodes completed two deployments assigned to the VFA-147 Argonauts with CVW-9 aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) including a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) from November 2001 to April 2002. In June 2002, he reported to TOPGUN with follow on orders to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific where he served as the air-to-air employment subject matter expert and Strike Fighter Advanced Readiness Program (SFARP) coordinator. He transferred in December 2004 to the VFA-15 Valions at NAS Oceana as the Training Officer. From December 2004 to October 2006 he completed work-ups and a combat deployment in support of OEF with CVW-8 aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). After completion of his Training Officer tour, CAPT Rhodes reported to the VFA-34 Blue Blasters as a Department Head. With VFA-34 from October 2006 to March of 2009 he completed work-ups and a combat deployment in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom with CVW-2 aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72). In April of 2009, he received orders to NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, VA. In November 2011, CAPT Rhodes assumed the duties of Executive Officer of VFA-81 and deployed in USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in support of OEF. CAPT Rhodes commanded VFA-81 from May 2013 to August 2014. From August of 2014 to March of 2016, he assumed the duties of Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. In December of 2016, Captain Rhodes reported to Commander, Carrier Air Wing Three and served as Deputy Commander and assumed the duties as Commander on April 12, 2018.
CAPT Rhodes has flown over 3200 F/A-18 flight hours, 750 arrested landings and 100 combat missions. His decorations are a testament to the fine Sailors with whom he has served.
CAPT Rhodes is married to the former Ms. Ryan Rodriguez of Larchmont, NY. They have three children: Dusty, Sophie and Finnbar.