|CAPT James Lins
Chief of Staff
A Houston native, Captain James Lins entered the Naval Service in May 1988 following his graduation from the University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was commissioned through the Aviation Officer Candidate School and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November 1989 at NAS Pensacola.
He reported to NAS Cecil Field for replacement training in the S-3B Viking. Upon completion, he reported to VS-24, deploying on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT in support of Operations DERSERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM and PROVIDE COMFORT. During this tour he was awarded the VS-24 Memorial Leadership Award by his peers.
Captain Lins then reported to the Naval Strike Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada as an instructor at ‘Strike U’. He received a NATOPS qualification in the A-6E Intruder and cross-trained in the F/A-18B Hornet. He is a plank owner of NSAWC, Naval Aviation’s center of excellence for advanced tactical training.
In 1997 he reported onboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY as the Flight Deck Officer and deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. During this tour he qualified as an Air Boss and Handler along with his normal duties as Catapult and Arresting Gear officer.
From February 1999 to March 2000, he studied National Security and Strategic Studies, earning a Master of Arts degree from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
He reported to the VS-30 as a department head. While at VS-30 he deployed on the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON in support of OPERATIONS SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour the Commander, Sea Control Wing Atlantic, named him the 2002 Senior Naval Flight Officer of the Year.
In March of 2003, he reported to Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Flying Hour Program manager responsible for the funding of all East Coast squadrons.
He served as the CO/XO of VAQ-137 from May 2006 to January 2009. Deploying twice in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, his squadron supported coalition forces from al Asad airbase in western Iraq and from the USS ENTERPRISE. During his tenure the “Rooks” were awarded CNAF’s Battle “E”, CNO’s Safety “S” and CVWP’s “Tactical Excellence award”.
He served as the ship’s Navigator onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN supporting OPERATIONS ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN in the 5th Fleet Area of Operations, he then served as the Operations Officer for Carrier Strike Group Eleven onboard USS NIMITZ and is now the Chief of Staff.
Captain Lins has accumulated over 3200 flight hours in a dozen different type model series and has over 700 carrier arrested landings. He holds twelve personal decorations and numerous unit, campaign and service citations.