Rear Admiral W. Michael "Sky" Crane
COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR FORCE RESERVE
DEPUTY COMMANDER, NAVAL AIR FORCE PACIFIC FLEET
RDML Crane is a 1984 graduate of Virginia Tech.
He then worked as a Civil Engineer through 1986. He was commissioned an Ensign
in December 1986 through Aviation Officer Candidate School. He was designated a
Naval Aviator in October 1988.
His career as a Naval Aviator includes assignments at VF-101,
VF-143, VF-43, VFC-12, VR-56 and culminated in command of VFC-12. Subsequent Command
Tours include Navy Reserve (NR) Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic
(CSFTL), Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s (NECC) Expeditionary Training
Group, and NR U.S Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) Joint Task Force Detachment 100.
Non-Command tours include NR Commander Second Fleet
(C2F), Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC), Reserve Component (RC)
Director for the merger of USFFC and C2F, RC USFFC and C2F Chief Staff Officer,
and NR Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Operations and Plans (N3/N5) Chief Staff
Officer. He served on active duty
as the Director of Operations for the Air Launched Weapons Team (ALWT) to
manage weapons readiness as an Enterprise under Commander, Naval Air Forces
(CNAF). Additionally, he served as a facilitator for CNAF’s Character and
Promoted to flag rank in October 2013, RDML Crane served
as Deputy Commander Naval Air Force Atlantic through October 2015.
His education includes Joint Professional Military
Education and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from
the U.S. Navy War College. He has accumulated over 3500 flight hours in
multiple U.S. Navy aircraft. His awards include the Legion of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and other
personal and unit awards and citations.
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