COMMANDER MOLLY J. BORON
Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN
United States Navy
Raised in Navarre, Ohio, Commander Boron graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Oceanography. While at the Naval Academy, she was Captain of the women's varsity volleyball team, rode on the cycling team, and received her basic parachutist badge from Fort Benning, GA.
CDR Boron completed carrier qualifications in the TA-4J onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and was awarded her Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in December 1998 in Meridian, MS. She reported to the "Grim Reapers" of VF-101 in 1999 for training in the F-14A/B Tomcat.
Following a transition to the P-3C Orion, CDR Boron reported to the "Pelicans" of VP-45 in Jacksonville, FL in March 2001. Her ground jobs included Power Plants Branch Officer, Educational Services Officer, Strike Pilot, Quality Assurance Officer, and Pilot Training Officer. CDR Boron completed two deployments to Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Iceland, and Italy.
CDR Boron reported to USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in the spring of 2004. In addition to being the V4 Division Officer, she qualified as Catapult and Arresting Gear Instructor, Helicopter Control Officer, and Assistant Air Officer. In 2005, the THEODORE ROOSEVELT Carrier Strike Group deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In September 2006, CDR Boron reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY onboard NAS Whidbey Island, WA. While assigned to the "Fighting Marlins," she served as Command Services Officer, Safety/NATOPS Officer, Maintenance Officer, Operations Officer, and Detachment Officer-in-Charge and completed a deployment to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleets.
After the completion of her Department Head tour in November 2008, CDR Boron was assigned to the Joint Staff in Washington DC where she served as an Executive Assistant within the Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate. On 15 April 2011, CDR Boron assumed the duties of Executive Officer of Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN in Jacksonville, FL. In May 2012, she assumed the duties of Commanding Officer of VP-16.
Commander Boron's decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various other campaign, service and unit awards.