COMMANDER WILLIAM C. PENNINGTON, Jr.
Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN
United States Navy
Raised in Dallas, Texas, Commander Pennington graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996. While at the Naval Academy, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Weapons and Systems Engineering and was the Captain of the men's varsity track and field team. Upon commission, he served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington DC (PERS 43) until he began flight training in 1997.
After being awarded his Naval Aviator Wings of Gold in July 1998, he was temporarily assigned as Assistant Operations Officer at NSF Washington DC, where he qualified in the UC-12B in support of VIP logistics operations. Following Fleet Replacement training, he joined Patrol Squadron FOUR based in Kaneohe, Hawaii in September 1999. With the "Skinny Dragons" he completed two deployments, one to Japan and a tri-site to Oman, Bahrain, and Diego Garcia in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM. His duties included Line Branch Officer, Ground Safety Officer, Aviation and Armament Division Officer, and Pilot Training Officer. During his tenure, VP-4 was awarded two Battle "E" Awards for Squadron Excellence and the Arnold J. Isbell Trophy for Tactical Anti-Submarine Warfare Excellence.
CDR Pennington reported for instructor duty at Patrol Squadron THIRTY, the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Fleet Replacement Squadron based in Jacksonville, Florida in September 2002. At the "Pro's Nest," he served as the Pilot Track manager and Instructor Under Training / Standardization Pilot plus qualified as Formation Flight Instructor, FLEET NATOPS Pilot Evaluator, and FLEET IUT Pilot.
In July 2005, he reported to Commander, U.S. SEVENTH Fleet onboard USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) homeported to Yokosuka, Japan. In addition to serving as the Japan-China Theatre Security Cooperation and Plans Officer, he qualified as Battle Watch Captain and Flag Watch Officer.
In August 2007, CDR Pennington reported to Patrol Squadron FORTY based in Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the "Fighting Marlins," he served as Administration Officer, Safety/NATOPS Officer, Future Operations Officer, Operations Officer, Squadron Senior Pilot, and Detachment Officer-in-Charge, completing two deployments to FIFTH Fleet and a surge to SOUTHCOM. His tour highlights were VP-40 earning the 2007 and 2009 Battle "E" Awards.
In November 2009, CDR Pennington was selected to serve as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N88) on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff at the Pentagon. In May 2011, he departed OPNAV N88 for transition training in the P-8 Poseidon at VP-30, and in May 2012 he assumed Executive Officer duties at Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN based in Jacksonville, FL. In May 2013, he assumed the duties of Commanding Officer of VP-16.
CDR Pennington's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight) (4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various campaign, service, and unit awards.