A native of Clinton, Maryland, CDR Joe Levy graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1998 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, and earned an Executive MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006.
CDR Levy completed aviation indoctrination training at NAS Pensacola, Florida followed by primary and advanced flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and was designated a Naval Aviator in June 2000. After initial P-3 flight training with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, he reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington on April 1, 2001.
He flew on the first combat reconnaissance missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM with the “World Watchers” in October 2001 and also flew reconnaissance operations across the Pacific theater. He led three detachments as an Electronic Warfare Mission Commander and served as the squadron’s Primary Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Instructor Pilot and Pilot NATOPS Officer.
In 2004, CDR Levy returned to the Patrol Squadron THIRTY “Pro’s Nest” at NAS Jacksonville for duty as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He served as the FRS Pilot Training Officer, and qualified as a Fleet NATOPS Evaluator and Fleet Instructor Under Training Instructor Pilot.
He detached in 2007 to join the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in Coronado, California as the Assistant Navigation Officer, where he was an Officer of the Deck and qualified Command Duty Officer (Underway). He safely navigated the ship on two deployments throughout the Western Pacific and Southwest Asia in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, earning the Battle E and White Ship’s Wheel awards.
In 2009, CDR Levy returned to NAS Whidbey Island to join the Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron TWO “Rangers” as a Department Head. He served as the Maintenance Officer, Training and NATOPS Officer, and was the Task Group 67.4 Officer in Charge at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
CDR Levy attended the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, in 2011 where he completed Joint Professional Military Education (Phase II). He then reported to MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, for an assignment at the US Special Operations Command, where he served on Admiral William McRaven’s Commander’s Action Group.
After serving one year as the squadron’s Executive Officer, CDR Levy became VP-5’s 66th Commanding Officer on May 2nd, 2016. CDR Levy has flown over 2,600 flight hours and has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (2nd Strike/Flight), various unit and campaign awards, and is a Joint Qualified Officer.