Commander Daryle D. Cardone
United States Navy
Commander Daryle D. Cardone is a native of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1993. He holds a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He received his commission through the Officer Candidate School (OCS) program in December 1995. He is also a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS).
Operational assignments include two tours with VAW-125 where he deployed aboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69), USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). As a department head, he served as Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer in VAW-121, aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69).
Shore assignments include tours as an instructor with VAW-120 and as a plank owner of the Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Unit, Atlantic where he was selected as the 2003 Hawkeye NFO of the Year and helped Naval Air Systems Command develop the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye as a member of the Hawkeye Tactical Analysis Team. He has also served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations as Special Assistant to the Director, Flag Officer Management and Distribution (N00F), in Washington, D.C., and as Executive Officer at VAW-120, the Hawkeye and Greyhound community Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Commander Cardone has flown over 2,600 flight hours and made over 500 carrier-arrested landings. He has flown more than 120 combat missions in support of Operations DELIBERATE FORGE, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (Bronze Numeral Four), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various personal, service and campaign decorations.