Commander Michael A. Rovenolt, USN
CDR Rovenolt began his military career in the US Army serving as an Army Aviator. He served as a Chief Warrant Officer flying AH-1 Cobras and AH-64 Apaches on various assignments until his discharge in 1995. While serving in the Army, CDR Rovenolt earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University.
CDR Rovenolt began his Navy career at NAS Pensacola graduating from OCS in 1996. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in April, 1999. He completed F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron Training with the VFA-106 Gladiators. In June of 2000, CDR Rovenolt reported to the Royal Maces of VFA-27. He completed numerous at-sea periods on the USS KITTY HAWK within the Seventh Fleet AOR and one deployment in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW) / Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF). His follow on assignment was to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI).
CDR Rovenolt returned to VFA-27 in December 2005 as the Training Officer completing three more at-sea periods onboard the USS KITTY HAWK. In June 2007, he reported to the VFA-31 TOMCATTERS serving as the Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, and Operations officer. During this tour, he completed one deployment onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). In December 2009, he was assigned to the Joint and Coalition Operational Analysis (JCOA), Joint Staff J-7 (Hampton Roads) serving as a military analyst and an Executive Assistant to the Director. During this time, CDR Rovenolt earned a Master degree in American History and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College.
CDR Rovenolt returned to the VFA-31 TOMCATTERS and assumed duties as Executive Officer in August 2012. Commander Rovenolt assumed command on November 19, 2013 completing a deployment onboard the USS GEORGE H BUSH in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and ENDURING FREEDOM.
CDR Rovenolt has accumulated over 4,700 military flight hours with over 3,100 hours in the F/A-18 A-F. He has over 900 carrier arrested landings. His awards include a Joint Meritorious Service Medal, six Strike Flight Medals with one combat “V”, three Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Army Commendation Medals.