Captain Terence A. Hoeft, U.S. Navy
Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
CAPT Hoeft, a native of Livonia, Michigan, graduated from the University of Florida in 1990 with a B.S. in Mathematics and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1993. He reported to the Black Knights of HS-4 in 1994, flying the SH-60F/HH-60H helicopter. During this tour, CAPT Hoeft deployed twice to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf aboard USS KITTY HAWK and USS CARL VINSON. He served as First Lieutenant, Schedules Officer and squadron NATOPS Officer.
CAPT Hoeft then reported to Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, graduating with a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research in 1999. He next reported to USS DUBUQUE (LPD 8) as Air Officer and deployed to the Western Pacific.
After completing H-60F/H refresher training at HS-10 in early 2002, CAPT Hoeft reported to the Chargers of HS-14, forward deployed in Atsugi, Japan. During his tenure as Squadron Operations Officer, the Chargers earned back to back (2003/4) Battle E awards and the 2003 Isbell award and the 2003 Thach award for ASW and carrier-based operational excellence. CAPT Hoeft was named COMHSWINGPAC Pilot of the Year for 2003.
In 2004, CAPT Hoeft reported to OPNAV N81 as staff analyst and action officer. During this assignment, he worked closely with the Joint Staff (J8) on the JROC/JCB process and deployed to Kuwait as an Individual Augmentee, supporting COMUSNAVCENT for seven months, from August of 2005 through February of 2006.
In May, 2007, CAPT Hoeft reported to the World Famous Golden Falcons as Executive Officer. He served as Commanding Officer of HS-2 from July, 2008 to November, 2009, and successfully led the squadron through a combat deployment and transition to the MH-60S helicopter. The Golden Falcons were 2008 recipients of the Battle E, Isbell, Sikorsky Excellence in Maintenance and the COMPACFLT Retention Excellence Awards. CAPT Hoeft was awarded the 2008 Navy Marine Association Leadership Award and was one of eight finalists for the 2009 VADM James Stockdale Leadership Award.
In December, 2009, CAPT Hoeft reported to the Carrier and Air Integration program office (PMW 750) of PEO C4I and served as a C4I installation and integration lead and then as the Air Ship Integration Branch Head. He is DAWIA Level III certified in Program Management and a member of the Acquisition Corps. In 2014 he assumed duties as the PEO C4I Chief of Staff. In August, 2015, he transferred to Commander, Naval Air Force, Pacific staff as the Deputy Force Requirements. In December 2017 he assumed duties as the Force Requirements ACOS and in March 2019 assumed duties as CNAF Chief of Staff.