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CDR John Coleman


Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron
One Two Six

NS Norfolk, VA


Commander Coleman joined VAW-126 in November 2017 from his recent assignment as the VAW/VRC Community Placement Officer at Naval Personnel Command, PERS-43.
A native of Humboldt, Tennessee, Commander Coleman was commissioned in May 2001 via the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship program at the University of Memphis and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 2003.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.  
Commander Coleman’s operational assignments include tours with VAW-126 as a junior officer, Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) as the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, and VAW-126 as a Department Head.  He has deployed and served on board USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) and USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN as well as Joint Task Force-Katrina and Exercise SAXON WARRIOR 2011. 
Ashore, Commander Coleman served as an Instructor Naval Flight Officer and Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Evaluator at VAW-120 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS).  In February 2015, he reported as the VAW, VRC, VT Strike, and Inter-service Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) Placement Officer at Naval Personnel Command, PERS-43 (Aviation Officer Assignments) in Millington, Tennessee where he was selected for Aviation Operational Command.
Commander Coleman has logged more than 2,200 hours and 540 carrier arrested landings in the Hawkeye and flown more than 70 combat missions with the U.S. Navy.  His personal decorations include Strike/Flight Air Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as other unit, campaign, and service awards.