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.