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CDR MICHAEL B. FINN "FANCY"

COMMANDING OFFICER

VAW-121

 

Commander Finn is a native of West Babylon, NY. He earned a Bachelor of Science in English from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  He was designated a Naval Aviator in November 2000.
An E-2 Hawkeye Pilot, Finn’s sea assignments include the Seahawks of VAW-126 from 2001-2004 where he served as Pilot Training, Aircraft Division Officer, and Head Landing Signals Officer.  While there, the Seahawks flew in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and deployed on USS Harry S Truman (CVN-75) from 2002-2003 supporting the opening months of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He also served as Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight from 2007-2008 onboard USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN-69) and USS George Washington (CVN-73).  His department head tour was with the VAW-116 Sun Kings from 2009-2012, serving as Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer.  VAW-116 deployed from 2010-2011 on USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), flying in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
Ashore, Finn was an Instructor Pilot with the Greyhawks of VAW-120 from 2004-2007. While there he also served as Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, and Phase Head LSO.  He was also Deputy Director of Flag Officer Management and Distribution in Washington, D.C. from 2013-2014.
Finn has flown over 2,900 hours, 52 combat missions, and logged over 300 arrested landings in the E-2 Hawkeye.  His personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, Individual Air Medal, two Strike/Flight Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.