CAPT Nicholas J. Dienna
Captain Nicholas J. Dienna, a native of Drexel Hill, PA, attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Upon graduation and commissioning as an Ensign, Dienna reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1992.
After completion of FRS training with Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 at NAS Oceana, Virginia, he was ordered to the “Sluggers” of VF-103. In November 1996, Dienna was ordered to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon, Nevada, as a TOPGUN instructor. Following this tour, Dienna reported to the VF-211 “Checkmates”, at NAS Oceana, serving as Training Officer and squadron Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI). After promotion to Lieutenant Commander in August 2000, he completed his department head tour as a Checkmate.
In August 2002, he reported to the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California as a Federal Executive Fellow. In July 2003, Dienna was assigned to United States Special Operations Command. Subsequently, Dienna reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, NAS Oceana, Virginia, as the OIC of the Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron detachment.
In April 2007, Dienna reported to VFA-2, NAS Lemoore, California, as Executive Officer. He assumed command of the “BOUNTY HUNTERS” in August 2008. In February, 2010, Dienna reported to the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, and completed the nuclear training pipeline in June 2011. In July 2011, Dienna reported as Executive Officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). In October 2013, he was ordered to United States Fleet Forces Command. From November 2014 through February 2016, Dienna served as Commanding Officer, USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19). Dienna’s most recent assignment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Airwing Training and Readiness on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.
Dienna has been privileged to serve with teams that excelled in combat operations. He has accumulated more than 2975 flight hours and 800 arrested landings in various aircraft, and wears the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and Strike/Flight Air Medal (five awards) as representative of those teams.
CAPT Cassidy C. Norman
Captain Cassidy C. Norman is from Austin, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Soon after, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer at the Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida.
Based in Japan, Captain Norman completed his first tour with the VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” aboard the USS Independence (CV 62) and the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) supporting Operation SOUTHERN WATCH on two separate cruises before attending US Naval Test Pilot School. During his following tour with VX-30 “Bloodhounds” in Point Mugu, CA, he served as the Navy’s AMRAAM and ITALD Project Officer and test pilot for over 40 weapons test programs.
In 2004, serving as Strike Operations Officer for Carrier Air Wing Seventeen, Captain Norman integrated the first GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions employed in combat while on cruise on the USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In 2005, Captain Norman joined the VFA-136 “Knighthawks” for two successive cruises aboard the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
Captain Norman then joined the VFA-83 “Rampagers” and served as executive officer and commanding officer. The squadron deployed in 2009 and again in 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Captain Norman’s most recent assignment was on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J8), where he organized and moderated several Strategic Seminars and Interagency war games.
Captain Norman has logged 698 traps and 116 combat missions in the F/A-18C and more than 2,900 flight hours in 42 different types of aircraft. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee in 2003 and a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2008. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, five Strike/Flight Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals and various unit and campaign decorations.
Command Master Chief
CMDCM Jonas D. Carter
Master Chief Carter, a native of Tecumseh, MI, enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1991. Following completion of basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., he reported to Navy Schools Service Command (SSC) Great Lakes, where he completed apprenticeship training. He followed onto Guided Missile School, Dam Neck, Va., for NATO Sea Sparrow Surface Missile System class “C” school.
Upon graduation, Carter reported to the pre-commissioning detachment KEARSARGE (LHD-3), located in Pascagoula, Miss. On October 16, 1993, he commissioned USS KEARSARGE. Onboard USS KEARSARGE, he earned both Surface and Aviation Warfare designations as a Third Class Petty Officer. He advanced to Second Class Petty Officer and transferred to SSC Great Lakes for Instructor Duty at FC “A” School, where he earned his Master Training Specialist.
In 2002, Carter was promoted to Chief Petty Officer and reported to his next sea command, pre-commissioning detachment RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76), located in Newport News, Va., as the CS-5 Division Leading Chief Petty Officer.
After the commissioning of USS RONALD REAGAN on July 12, 2003, Carter made a homeport change to San Diego, Calif. During the ship’s maiden deployment, Carter was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and ordered to Navy Recruiting Command, Millington, Tenn., where he served as a reserve officer accessions program manager.
After transferring in June 2009, Carter completed the Combat Systems Senior Enlisted and Senior Enlisted Academy Courses while enroute to USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74), homeported in Bremerton, Wash. During his tour on the STENNIS, he served as the Combat Systems Maintenance Leading Chief Petty Officer and was hand-selected as the Training Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. He was selected to the Command Senior Chief Program in 2011 and later led the Sailors that remained behind on the STENNIS Beach Detachment during her deployment in 2011 until he transferred to the Command Master Chief/Chief of the Boat School in Newport, R.I., reported aboard MCM CREW CONSTANT and was selected to Master Chief in 2013. After a 12-month deployment as part of C5F Request for Forces, he was hand-selected to serve as Command Master Chief of USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG 62). The CHANCELLORSVILLE completed her very compressed training cycle and then executed a Homeport Change from San Diego to Yokosuka, Japan, bringing AEGIS BL9 to the U.S. Seventh Fleet Operating Area. He executed his orders to Naval Air Station Meridian in October 2015.
Carter’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards), and various unit and campaign awards.