Commander, Naval Air Forces

Commander, Naval Air Forces


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CAPT Gregory C. Huffman, U.S. Navy

Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet

CAPT Calvin CraigCaptain Gregory C. Huffman is the son of a career naval officer. He was commissioned upon his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in May 1989. CAPT Huffman then attended the University of Maryland where he received a Master of Arts degree in December 1989.

He earned his wings in 1992 after completing advanced jet training at NAS Chase Field, Beeville, TX. After completing replacement pilot training at NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL, Captain Huffman joined the RAMPAGERS of VFA-83. He completed two deployments with VFA-83 in USS SARATOGA (CV 60) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). He earned a Wing Landing Signal Officer qualification and was named the Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet FA-18 Pilot of the Year for 1996.

CAPT Huffman attended the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at NAS Patuxent River, MD and graduated with Class 112. He served as a test pilot at the Naval Weapons Test Squadron in China Lake, CA, participating in initial developmental testing of the FA-18E/F and serving as program manager for Electronic Warfare and FA-18E/F systems. During this time he earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee and became a Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

In 2000 CAPT Huffman reported to the SUNLINERS of VFA-81 as a Department Head. He flew Combat Air Patrol missions off of New York City from the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in support of Operation Noble Eagle and also deployed twice in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. In 2001 CAPT Huffman received the Mike Longardt Leadership Award from Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, U. S. Atlantic Fleet.

In 2002 Captain Huffman transferred to the White House where he served as Military Aide to the President of the United States until 2005.

In April 2005 he reported to VFA-122 for refresher training in the FA-18 E/F Super Hornet and remained with the FLYING EAGLES as Executive Officer.

CAPT Huffman joined to the ROYAL MACES of VFA-27, homeported in Atsugi, Japan, as Executive Officer and assumed command in August 2007. He completed multiple Western Pacific deployments in USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) culminating with the successful crossdeck of the squadron to the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON. Following his command tour he reported to Naval Personnel Command, Millington, TN as the Head Aviation Detailer for LCDRs and Junior Officers.

Following nuclear power training CAPT Huffman served as the final operational Executive Officer of USS ENTERPRISE. During this tour he completed two combat deployments, including Big E’s final deployment. He commanded USS GREEN BAY (LPD 20) from June 2013 until August 2014, successfully completing a major overhaul in preparation for a homeport shift to Japan.

He has logged more than 2,800 flight hours in 24 different aircraft types and has accumulated over 700 arrested landings. Individual awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike-Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards, one with Combat V), Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous unit citations.