Commodore (June 25, 2014 - Present) 
Captain Kenneth B. Canete
Commodore

CAPT Kenneth B. Canete is originally from Honolulu, HI. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1990, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in 1992 then assigned to the VA-128 “Golden Intruders” for training in the A-6E Intruder, where he was awarded the Student Bombardier/ Navigator of the Year in 1994. CAPT Canete then transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler in 1997.

CAPT Canete’s flying assignments include the VA-196 "Main Battery” & VAQ-133 “Zappers”, supporting operations in Iraq and Bosnia while embarked aboard aircraft carriers USS CARL VINSON and USS ENTERPRISE. Other expeditionary assignments include the VAQ-133 “Wizards”, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM in the Western Pacific, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

CAPT Canete served as Commanding Officer of the VTC-12 “Talons” from 2009-2010, and deployed as the Expeditionary Strike Group SEVEN Tactical Air Officer aboard the USS ESSEX in the Western Pacific. While in command of VTC-12, the squadron conducted four expeditionary deployments supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and numerous Humanitarian Aid missions.

Shore assignments include serving as Electronic Warfare Coordination Director in the Balkans Combined Air Operation Center (BCAOC) in Vicenza, Italy, and VAQ-129 “Vikings” Flight Instructor where he completed a Masters of Science Degree with Old Dominion University. CAPT Canete was also assigned to the NATO Strategic Headquarters (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium as lead strategic planner for all NATO Naval forces and counterterrorism operations. He most recently served as Special Assistant to the Naval Forces Europe/Africa Deputy Commander (COMSIXTHFLT) as Liaison to Italy to enhance regional cooperation throughout the Mediterranean.

CAPT Canete’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal (five strike awards). He has accumulated over 2,400 flight hours in the A-6E Intruder and EA-6B Prowler, and over 550 carrier arrested landings. CAPT Canete’s personal interests include running, mountain biking, skiing, reading, technology, and spending time with his family.

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