CAPT Nicholas J. Dienna
Captain Nicholas J. Dienna, a native of Drexel Hill, PA, attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in History. Upon graduation and commissioning as an Ensign, Dienna reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in August 1992.
After completion of FRS training with Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 at NAS Oceana, Virginia, he was ordered to the “Sluggers” of VF-103. In November 1996, Dienna was ordered to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, NAS Fallon, Nevada, as a TOPGUN instructor. Following this tour, Dienna reported to the VF-211 “Checkmates”, at NAS Oceana, serving as Training Officer and squadron Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI). After promotion to Lieutenant Commander in August 2000, he completed his department head tour as a Checkmate.
In August 2002, he reported to the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California as a Federal Executive Fellow. In July 2003, Dienna was assigned to United States Special Operations Command. Subsequently, Dienna reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, NAS Oceana, Virginia, as the OIC of the Super Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron detachment.
In April 2007, Dienna reported to VFA-2, NAS Lemoore, California, as Executive Officer. He assumed command of the “BOUNTY HUNTERS” in August 2008. In February, 2010, Dienna reported to the Navy Nuclear Power Training Command in Charleston, South Carolina, and completed the nuclear training pipeline in June 2011. In July 2011, Dienna reported as Executive Officer, USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69). In October 2013, he was ordered to United States Fleet Forces Command. From November 2014 through February 2016, Dienna served as Commanding Officer, USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19). Dienna’s most recent assignment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Airwing Training and Readiness on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.
Dienna has been privileged to serve with teams that excelled in combat operations. He has accumulated more than 2975 flight hours and 800 arrested landings in various aircraft, and wears the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and Strike/Flight Air Medal (five awards) as representative of those teams.
CAPT Dave Snowden
Captain Snowden, a native of Tavernier, FL and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace engineering. Upon commissioning, Commander Snowden reported for flight training in Pensacola, Fl and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1999.
Upon completion of S-3B FRS training in 2000, Commander Snowden was ordered to the Scouts of VS-24 based at NAS Jacksonville, FL. He deployed onboard USS ENTERPRISE in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in the weeks following 9/11. Upon completion of his tour with VS-24, he received orders to VFA-125 for Replacement Pilot training in the F/A-18C Hornet.
Upon completion of Hornet transition training, Captain Snowden reported to the Mighty Shrikes of VFA-94, completing two deployments on board USS NIMITZ. In August 2006, Captain Snowden reported back to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 as the Administration Department Head and instructor pilot. In July 2007, CDR Snowden was ordered to the VFA-137 Kestrels where he served as a Department Head, deploying onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Captain Snowden next reported Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee where he served as the Strike Fighter and Carrier Air Wing Placement Officer from October 2009 until July 2011. After completing his tour in Millington, he reported back to Lemoore, CA where he assumed duties as the Executive Officer of VFA-122 in August 2011.
In October 2012, Captain Snowden reported to VFA-25 as the Executive Officer and fleeted up to Commanding Officer in February 2014. Upon the completion of his command tour, Captain Snowden reported to the Eisenhower School of National Security and Resource Strategy.
Captain Snowden has flown over 3100 hours and 650 arrested landings. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike / Flight Air Medal (2 Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (Five Awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various personal, unit and service awards.
Command Master Chief
ABCM (AW/SW/IW) Robert M. Stumm
Master Chief Stumm, a native of Mullica Hill, NJ, enlisted in the United States Navy in March 1993. Following completion of basic training at RTC, Great Lakes, IL he reported to Apprenticeship Training Division, Great Lakes, IL where he completed apprenticeship training.
Upon graduation, he reported to the USS AMERICA (CV-66), located in Norfolk, VA. It is onboard USS AMERICA (CV-66) where he became an ABH striker and advanced to Third Class Petty Officer. In 1997, he transferred to the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) and advanced to Second Petty Officer.
After completion of his sea tour, he attended corrections school at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX while in route to brig duty tours in Rota, Spain and Manheim, Germany. While working with the Army in Manheim, he was made an honorary lifetime member of the 95 Military Police Battalion and was a football, track and head wresting coach for the American high School, in Manheim.
In 2002 after completing ABH “C” School, he reported for duty as the Crash and Salvage LPO onboard the USS NASSAU (LHA-4) earned his Aviation and Surface Warfare designations, advanced to First Class Petty Officer, was selected as “Sailor of the Year”, and advanced to Chief Petty officer in 2005.
After promoting to Chief Petty Officer, he volunteered for an Individual Augmentee assignment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for a one year tour. He was assigned as the Camp Operations Leading Chief Petty Officer for detainee operations with the Joint Task Force. In 2006, he reported back to sea, onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN- 71) where he was assigned as the Flight Deck Chief. In 2008, he was hand-picked for assignment as the Aircraft Handling Training Team Lead for Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic where he was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer and selected as the Aviation Boatswain’s Mate Association Tidewater Chapter President.
In November of 2011, he attended the Senior Enlisted Academy. After completion, he reported back to sea onboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) where he was assigned as the Air Department Leading Chief Petty Officer. While onboard, he earned his Information Warfare designation, was the recipient of the John C. Stennis foundation Waging Peace Leadership Award and in 2014 was selected to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. After completion of six years onboard IKE, he opted to remain at sea.
In March of 2018, he reported aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75) where he served as the Air Department Leading Chief Petty Officer before being assigned to his current position as the Command Master Chief Petty Officer.
His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (6 awards), Army Achievement Medal and various unit and campaign awards.