Commander Michael A. Rovenolt, USN
CDR Rovenolt began his military career when he enlisted in the US Army in 1987 initially serving as a UH-60 Black Hawk mechanic. Later, he was selected for army flight training, earning his Army Aviator wings in 1990. He served as a Chief Warrant Officer flying AH-1 Cobras and AH-64 Apaches on various assignments until his discharge in 1995. While serving in the Army, CDR Rovenolt earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University in October, 1993.
CDR Rovenolt began his Naval service at NAS Pensacola graduating from OCS in 1996. He earned his Naval Aviator wings in April, 1999. He completed F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron Training with the VFA-106 Gladiators. In June of 2000, CDR Rovenolt reported to the Royal Maces of VFA-27, CVW-5 Atsugi, Japan in June 2000. He completed numerous at-sea periods on the USS KITTY HAWK within the 7TH Fleet AOR and one deployment in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW) / Operation IRAQI FREEDOM(OIF). His follow on assignment was to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI).
CDR Rovenolt returned to VFA-27 in December 2005 as the Training Officer completing three more at-sea periods onboard the USS KITTY HAWK. In June 2007, he reported to the VFA-31 Tomcatters as a Department Head and served as the Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, and Operations officer. During this tour, he completed one deployment onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). In December 2009, he was assigned to the Joint Center for Operational Analysis (JCOA), US Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) serving as a military analyst and an Executive Assistant.
CDR Rovenolt returned to the VFA-31 Tomcatters and assumed duties as Executive Officer in August 2012. Commander Rovenolt assumed command of the squadron on November 19, 2013.
CDR Rovenolt has accumulated over 4,200 military flight hours with over 2,500 in the F/A-18 A-F. He has over 600 carrier arrested landings. His awards include a Joint Meritorious Service Medal, four Strike Flight Medals with one combat “V”, three Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and two Army Commendation Medals.