A native of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, Commander Justin "TooF" Fauntleroy is a 1997 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he graduated with merit with a B.A. in Aerospace Engineering. He also holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States War College from which he graduated with distinction.
After completing flight training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, Commander Fauntleroy was designated a Naval Aviator in December of 1999.
In January 2000, he reported to the Bear Aces of VAW-124 in Norfolk, Virginia where he deployed on board the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71). During this tour, he flew in the opening days of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
CDR Fauntleroy then reported to the Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Unit, Atlantic, where he served as a pilot Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) and the Hawkeye Advanced Readiness Program director. He also contributed to the early design phases of the E-2D as a member of the Hawkeye Tactical Analysis Team. In 2007, he then joined the Seahawks of VAW-126 as the squadron's Weapons and Tactics Instructor.
In 2008, CDR Fauntleroy reported to NETWARCOM at NAB Little Creek. There he was assigned to N36, Navy Space Operations where he was responsible for writing Navy Space training metrics for strike group pre-deployment training
He was then assigned to the Bluetails of VAW-121 for his department head tour, where he served as the Training Officer, Administrative Officer, and Operations Officer during two deployments onboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69).
Following a year at the Naval War College, he was assigned to Cruise Missile Support Activity Pacific (CMSA PAC), a unit of the United States Strategic Command, Joint Force Component Command Global Strike (USSTRATCOM JFCC-GS). As the J-7, Director of Tactics and Training, he was responsible for evaluating all Navy TLAM planning cells and for integrating TLAM into STRATCOM operational plans.
CDR Fauntleroy has accumulated more than 2700 hours and 300 arrested landings in the E-2C Hawkeye.
His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, an Individual Air Medal, 6 Strike Air Medals, 4 Navy Commendation Medals, and one Navy Achievement Medal.
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