Captain James P. Dunn IIICommodore
CAPT Dunn, son of a career naval officer, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994. Having service selected Surface Warfare and completed SWOS, CAPT Dunn reported to his first ship, USS JOHN L HALL (FFG 32) as the Damage Control Assistant. Following the successful completion of UNITAS 95, CAPT Dunn reported to USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) in San Diego, California, as the Main Propulsion Assistant.
Selected for Lateral Transfer to Aviation, CAPT Dunn reported to Pensacola, Florida, in the summer of 1998. CAPT Dunn earned his wings in January 2000 and reported to HSL-40 in Mayport, Florida, for FRS training in the SH-60B. CAPT Dunn completed his junior officer flying tour in HSL-48, his department head tour in HSL-42, and commanded HSL-46 through their transition to the MH-60R and redesignation as HSM-46. CAPT Dunn has amassed over 2000 flying hours and made multiple deployments to the EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs.
CAPT Dunn’s shore tours include serving as Assistant Washington Placement (PERS 441A) at the Naval Personnel Command, and as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Operations and later Deputy Defeat the Device division head at the Joint IED Defeat Organization in Crystal City, Virginia. In CAPT Dunn’s most recent assignment, he served as Future Operations Officer (N33) on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet.
CAPT Dunn has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various other campaign and unit awards. He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.