|Rear Admiral Kevin Donegan
Commander (August 2009 - August 2011)
Rear Admiral Donegan is a 1980 Cum Laude graduate of the University of Virginia where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.
His first operational assignment was as a “Plank Owner” to the “Wildcats” of Strike Fighter Squadron 131 where he made the firstEast coast deployment of the F/A-18 culminating in the successful Libyan air strikes in April 1986. During this tour he graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, and was named “Wildcat Pilot of the Year.” He served as a department head in Strike Fighter Squadron 37 earning the Strike Fighter Wing’s “Mike Longhart Leadership Award”. He also served as Executive Officer on USS George Washington (CVN 73) when the ship garnered the Battle “E”, The Admiral Flatley Safety Award, and the Battenberg Cup.
Rear Admiral Donegan commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 131 completing a deployment to the Persian Gulf on USS John C. Stennis and a change of homeport to Oceana, VA. He also commanded the THIRD Fleet Command Ship, USS Coronado (AGF11) earning three Command Excellence Awards. He commanded the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) through work-ups and a seven-month around-the-world combat deployment earning the Battle “E”. He also led Carl Vinson through the first 12 months of their refueling overhaul and spearheaded Naval Aviation Enterprise’s Carrier Readiness Team. He was honored as the Tailhook Association’s “Tailhooker of the Year” for 2006.
Ashore, he served in the Pentagon as Director of Strategy and Policy Division on the Navy Staff, as a Test Pilot, as the aide/administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations and he completed joint duty as flag lieutenant to the Commander, Allied Forces Southern Europe in Naples, Italy. He deployed to Sarajevo as the NATO liaison officer to the Commander, United Nations Protection Forces (UNPROFOR) serving as the principal air advisor during NATO’s Deliberate Force air strikes.
Admiral Donegan graduated the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School as the “Outstanding Student”, the Navy Nuclear Power School, the USAF Air Command and Staff College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
His personal awards include four Legion of Merits, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals and several unit, service and campaign awards. His flying experience includes over 3,700 hours in 31 different types of aircraft and over 800 arrested landings on 15 different aircraft carriers.