|CAPT Kevin G. Meenaghan
Chief of Staff (February 2010 - February 2012)
Captain Kevin G. Meenaghan is a native of Ashland, Oregon, and received his commission in May 1986 upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy.
Captain Meenaghan was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1988 and, after pilot training at VA-128, was assigned to VA-52 at NAS Whidbey Island, Washington. While assigned to the KNIGHTRIDERS, Captain Meenaghan made two deployments to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and participated in the first coalition airstrikes against Iraq since the conclusion of OPERATION DESERT STORM.
In June 1993, Captain Meenaghan reported back to the VA-128 GOLDEN INTRUDERS as a Flight Instructor. While at VA-128, he served as Avionics/Armament Division Officer and Carrier Qualification Phasehead. In 1995, he was selected as VA-128 Pilot Instructor of the Year.
In July 1995, Captain Meenaghan reported to CVW-17 as Staff Landing Signal Officer, where he made one deployment to the Mediterranean Sea & Arabian Gulf onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), and cross-trained in the F/A-18 Hornet.
Captain Meenaghan was selected for transition to the EA-6B and reported to VAQ-129 for training as a Prowler Pilot in August 1997. In July 1998, he was assigned to VAQ-137 for his department head tour. As a ROOK, he deployed to the Mediterranean Sea & Arabian Gulf with CVW-1 onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) and served as Tactics Officer and Maintenance Officer.
In November 2000, Captain Meenaghan reported to Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U. S. Pacific Fleet (COMVAQWINGPAC), as Operations Officer. He led the introduction of the EA-6B Night Vision Goggle program and in January 2001, he was selected as CVW-1 Aviator of the Year. Captain Meenaghan screened for operational command in September 2001 and assumed the duties as Chief Staff Officer for COMVAQWINGPAC in December 2001.
After a tour as the Executive Officer, Captain Meenaghan became the Commanding Officer of the World Famous VAQ-137 ROOKS in February 2005. Under his command, the squadron introduced the Improved Capability III EA-6B, incorporating Link 16 technology and received the Battle Efficiency Award.
At the completion of his command tour in May 2006, Captain Meenaghan was assigned to the Operations Directorate (J-33) on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to being the first African Command Division Chief, he was solely responsible for the preparation and briefing of the Secretary of Defense Operations Book.
Captain Meenaghan holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Masters Degree in Leadership and Ethics from Duquesne University.
Captain Meenaghan’s personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and numerous unit awards and citations. Captain Meenaghan has accumulated over 3,000 total flight hours, 1,400 A-6E hours, 1400 EA-6B hours and 750 carrier arrested landings.
Captain Meenaghan is currently the Chief of Staff for Carrier Strike Group NINE (CCSG-9) homeported in Everett, Washington.