COMMANDER CHRIS JANKE
CPRW-11 Chief Staff Officer
Commander Chris Janke graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering. Following graduation, he attended flight training and was designated as a Naval Flight Officer in March 1993. After completing FRS training at Patrol Squadron THIRTY, Commander Janke was assigned to Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) at NAS Jacksonville, FL. While assigned to VP-5, he served in the Tactics, Operations and Maintenance departments, and earned designations as Patrol Plane Instructor Tactical Coordinator and Mission Commander. During his tour he made three deployments to locations including Keflavik, Iceland, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Sigonella, Italy, supporting Counter-Narco operations and Operation SHARP GUARD.
In August 1997, Commander Janke was selected for duty as Flag Lieutenant for Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean/Task Force 67 in Naples, Italy, responsible for all U.S. and allied MPRA forces in Sixth Fleet as well as nine bases throughout Europe. Upon the Admiral’s promotion and reassignment in June 1998, Commander Janke relocated to Annapolis, MD to continue Aide duties for the Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.
CDR Janke returned to sea duty as Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in June 1999. While serving aboard Kennedy he deployed to the Arabian Gulf supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, led the ship’s largest division (V-2), and qualified as a ship’s Helicopter Control Officer.
In August 2001, he reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) for duty as a Fleet Replacement NFO Instructor. While at VP-30, CDR Janke served as Command Services Officer and Assistant Maintenance Officer charged with leading the largest aviation maintenance department in the Navy with over 20 P-3’s assigned.
CDR Janke then reported to Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4) in February 2003 for his Department Head tour. Serving as Administration, Training, and Operations Officer, he completed two deployments in support Fifth and Seventh Fleet operations. He also served as a P-3 Mission Commander and Instructor during which VP-4 participated in combat operations in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Upon completion of his Department Head tour, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Operations Directorate (J-3). Serving as an Action Officer in J-39 Reconnaissance Operations Division, he was responsible for the coordination of SecDef approval for all deployment orders for DOD reconnaissance assets. Additionally, he was charged with briefing and preparation of Sensitive Reconnaissance Operations details for Presidential approval.
In July 2008 CDR Janke was selected for Aviation Command of Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1) onboard NAS Patuxent River, MD. Following duties as Executive Officer, he assumed command of the Navy’s only Science & Technology aviation squadron. During his tour, VXS-1 conducted critical technology development for the P-8A, BAMS UAS, NRL, ONR, NGA, NOAA, NSF, USCG, and dozens of NGOs utilizing the NP-3D, RC-12, Scan Eagle UAV, and the Navy’s only airship the MZ-3A. Most notably VXS-1 conducted Colombia survey operations ISO CDRUSSOUTHCOM, POW/MIA recovery operations ISO DIA, and Counter-IED technology development ISO Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
Following Command he reported to 5th Fleet as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Resources and Requirements (N8) in Manama, Bahrain. As N8 he is responsible for conveying the Commander’s warfighter shortfalls and needs to conduct current and future maritime combat operations. CDR Janke also coordinated with OPNAV and U.S. Fleet Forces to rapidly field solutions to Urgent Operational Needs as well as participating with Warfare Centers of Excellence to set budgetary priority recommendations.
CDR Janke is married to the former Trish Vess of Orange Park, Florida. They have two children, Thomas (12) and Sydney (10). His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (3), Iraqi Campaign Medal and various other operational awards