|CDR Tom McLendon
Commander Tom McLendon is from Gadsden, Alabama. He graduated from Auburn University in 1998, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management. CDR McLendon was commissioned as an Ensign in 1998 through the NROTC program. Following flight training at VT-27 and VT-31 (Corpus Christi, Texas), he was designated a Naval Aviator in January 1999 and was assigned to VP-30 (Jacksonville, Florida) to attend initial training in the P-3C Orion.
CDR McLendon’s initial Fleet assignment was with the “Golden Eagles” of Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron Nine (VP-9) in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii from 2001-2004. During his time with the “Golden Eagles” he deployed twice to Fifth Fleet and once to Seventh Fleet AORs and qualified as Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot.
In August 2004 he was assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron Thirty (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Florida where he served as Fleet Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor Pilot.
In August 2007, CDR McLendon reported aboard Pre-Commissioning Unit George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) in Norfolk, Virginia serving as the first Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (“Shooter”).
Following that tour, CDR McLendon was assigned to VPU-2 as Department Head where he routinely deployed to Fifth Fleet AOR conducting worldwide high priority missions in response to operational tasking by JCS, COMPACFLT, SOC, CJTF-82 and CJTF-HOA.
He then attended the United States Naval War College (Newport, Rhode Island), earning a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies, while participating in the Naval Staff College (International students program).
In July 2013 CDR McLendon was assigned to U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha, Nebraska. There he worked within the Plans and Policy directorate as a Branch Chief leading the construction of deliberate war plans and USSTRATCOM Campaign Plans.
CDR McLendon reported to TACRON ELEVEN (VTC-11) as Executive Officer in September 2016.
CDR McLendon’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, and numerous unit and campaign awards.