|Captain James W. Landers
Commanding Officer (August 2010 - February 2012)
A native of Caledonia, Mississippi, Captain Landers graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and was commissioned through the NROTC program in 1987. He began his Naval career as a Surface Warfare Officer serving as Gunnery Officer and Navigator in USS Vreeland (FF 1068) homeported in Mayport, FL. In 1989, he was accepted to Naval Flight Officer Training and received his wings in 1991.
Operationally, CAPT Landers commanded Patrol Squadron 47 at MCAS Kaneohe, HI. He led the squadron while deployed to Fifth and Seventh Fleets in support of operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. Previous flying tours included his junior officer tour with VP-45 and department head tour with VP-5, both based at NAS Jacksonville, FL. During these tours CAPT Landers deployed to the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Southwest Asia conducting operations across the spectrum of Maritime Patrol missions. Notably, he led his crews flying Red Sea surveillance during operation DESERT STORM and, the first deployment of the P-3 AIP aircraft conducting combat surveillance over Kosovo during operation ALLIED FORCE.
Ashore, CAPT Landers served with VP-30 as a FRS Instructor where he established the Aircraft Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Team. Staff tours include: OPNAV N74 as the Air Anti-Submarine Warfare Programs Officer, and U.S. Pacific Command serving as the Deputy Chief of the Joint Interagency Coordination Group for Counter Terrorism (JIACG/CT). Among notable achievements while at PACOM, he led the development of the Pacific Command’s Regional Maritime Security Program and Southeast Asia Maritime Security (SEAMS) Initiative. Following his command tour, Capt Landers completed the National Resource Strategy Masters Degree program at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, and then served as Executive Assistant to Commander, Naval Air Forces prior to reporting to USS Makin Island as Executive Officer."
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service, Meritorious Service and Air Medal with strike/flight numeral 2.