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John Mann CAPT United States Navy
Commander, Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN


Captain John J. Mann is a native of Westport, Connecticut and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1991. He was designated a Naval Aviator in July 1994 and received orders to Lemoore, CA to fly the F/A-18 Hornet. Captain Mann commanded VFA-25 “The Fist of the Fleet” from December 2008 through April 2010. He made two deployments with CVW-14 embarked in USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) flying in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Captain Mann’s other sea duty assignments were with VFA-195 “Dambusters,” forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan from June 2000 through October 2004 as the Training Officer and Department Head. Captain Mann made seven deployments with CVW-5 embarked in USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to the Western Pacific, and flew in Operation Southern Watch and the opening phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003. Captain Mann’s first sea assignment was with VFA-137 “Kestrels” from August 1995 to April 1998. He deployed with CVW-2 embarked in USS Constellation (CV 64) and flew in Operation Southern Watch.

After graduating from TOPGUN in May 1998, Captain Mann’s first shore assignment was as a tactics instructor at the Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific (SFWSP) from May 1998 to May 2000. He earned a master’s degree while studying at the Naval War College in Newport, RI from October 2004 through October 2005. Subsequently, Captain Mann served in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Strategic Actions Group (OPNAV N00Z) and CNO Speechwriter (OPNAV N00S) in Washington, DC from November 2005 through February 2007. He also served as Legislative Advisor to the Chief of Naval Personnel (OPNAV N1X) in Washington, DC from May 2010 through June 2011, and on the Joint Staff, J-5 (Plans and Policy) in Washington, DC from July 2011 through May 2013. Additionally, Captain Mann served as Battle Director in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Doha, Qatar from June through September 2013.

Captain Mann reported to CVW-17 as Deputy Carrier Air Wing Commander in March 2014 and deployed once in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Captain Mann assumed command of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN in October 2015.