A native of Ohio, Captain Greg Ireton enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1978 following high school and graduated with an associate degree in aviation flight technology from Mercer College and a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 1997.
He earned a Master of Science degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in meteorology and physical oceanography in 2001.
His first Navy assignment was in Jacksonville, Fla., as part of the Meteorology Environmental Team, where he was deployed to the Caribbean Sea aboard USS Mississippi in 1993 in support of counter-drug operations.
Later, Capt. Ireton served aboard USS Anzio during a six-month Arabian Gulf and Mediterranean Sea deployment as part of the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group in 1994-95.
In 1997, Capt. Ireton served as the Executive Officer at Naval Central Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Bahrain, where he supported several Iraqi and Sudan Tomahawk Land Attack Missile strike missions.
In 2001, he transferred to NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as Officer in Charge of the 22-person detachment. Capt. Ireton was also addu to NAS Corpus Christi and Chief of Naval Air Training.
Capt. Ireton reported as the plank owner for the Strike Group Oceanography Team San Diego, where he deployed with Expeditionary Strike Group One aboard USS Tarawa to the Middle East for nearly eight months.
During the tour, Capt. Ireton screened for command and was detailed to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Fifth Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces and served as METOC Officer and the Maritime Operations Center Executive Officer.
Prior to being named Executive Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office, he served in Washington, D.C. at OPNAV N80 (Bullpen) as a programmer for more than 220 IDC programs and N2/N6E as a Planning, Programming, Budget and Execution Coordinator for METOC programs.
Capt. Ireton has earned multiple Meritorious Service Medals, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medals and Navy Achievement Medals, as well as a Combat Action Ribbon and numerous campaign, service and unit awards.