Chief of Staff (May 2015 - Present)
Captain John Wade
Chief of Staff

Captain John Wade, a native of Port Washington, New York, earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990.

His assignments at sea include tours aboard USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968), USS Benfold (DDG 68), and executive officer of USS Cape St. George (CG 71). He commanded USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Preble (DDG 88), and Destroyer Squadron 28.

Over the course of his career he completed multiple deployments supporting overseas operations to include Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore, Wade served on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations; the Quadrennial Defense Review team and deputy executive assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served with the Army’s 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne Divisions as Commanding Officer of Joint / Interagency Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) – Khost, Afghanistan.

He holds a master’s degree in Information Systems Technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., and a master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington D.C.

Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Combat Action Badge, and various meritorious, service and campaign awards. He is also the recipient of the Vice Admiral E.C. Waller and Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley leadership awards.

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