Commander Justin "Jugs" Halligan, USN
A native of Weston, CT, Commander Halligan graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. CDR Halligan was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in November of 2001 at NAS Pensacola, FL and immediately began flight training. Earning his Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in October of 2003, he reported to NAS Oceana, VA and the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 for initial flight training in the F-14D Tomcat. Upon successful completion of the FRS, he received orders to the “Tomcatters” of VF-31 deploying to the Western Pacific aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) and to the Arabian Gulf aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During this tour he transitioned to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
CDR Halligan reported to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, VA in September of 2007 where he served as an instructor pilot, Super Hornet Tactical Demonstration Team pilot, and Carrier Qualification Phase Head flying the F/A-18 A through F. In March of 2010, he was assigned to CVW-1 staff in Oceana as a Carrier Air Wing Landing Signals Officer deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) flying both F/A-18C and E aircraft.
CDR Halligan reported to the “Royal Maces” of VFA-27 in February 2012 serving as a department head in the safety, administrative, maintenance, and operations departments. During this tour he completed six Western Pacific patrols aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) supporting numerous multi-national exercises. VFA-27 earned the Battle Efficiency Award for 2014 and CDR Halligan was selected as the 2014 Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific Pilot of the Year during this tour.
Following a successful tour with the “Maces”, CDR Halligan attended the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Upon graduation in March 2016, CDR Halligan was screened for operational squadron command and reported to the “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122 as the Executive Officer and is scheduled to report to the “Knighthawks” of VFA-136 in March 2018.
CDR Halligan has accumulated 2,700 flight hours and 667 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various service awards and ribbons.