Captain Max G. McCoy , U.S. Navy
Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
Captain Max McCoy is a native of Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. In July 1994, he earned his wings of gold and reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 at Naval Air Station Lemoore (NASL), in Lemoore, California, for training in the F/A-18 Hornet.
Captain McCoy’s sea assignments include VFA-151 “Vigilantes” as a junior officer deploying on USS Constellation (CV 64); VFA-136 “Knighthawks” as a department head deploying on USS George Washington (CVN 73); executive officer and commanding officer of VFA-86 “Sidewinders” deploying on USS Nimitz (CVN 68); and deputy commander and commander Carrier Air Wing TWO (CVW 2) embarked onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76), USS George Washington (CVN 73), and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). He participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
Ashore, Captain McCoy served as a strike fighter tactics instructor assigned to the Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific at NAS Lemoore; demonstration pilot with Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels; Executive Assistant to the Commanding General, Joint Warfighting Center (JFCOM J7); Joint Strike Fighter Requirements Officer for the Director, Air Warfare on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Warfare Systems) in Washington, D.C.; and Vice Commander, 33d Fighter Wing, Eglin Air Force Base (AFB). Prior to receiving orders to serve as the Chief of Staff Officer for Commander, Naval Air Forces, he was the first Commodore of the Joint Strike Fighter Wing at NAS Lemoore.
He is a graduate of the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff Distance Education and Joint Force Staff College Joint Professional Military Education Phase II programs and a MIT Seminar XXI Fellow.
Captain McCoy has accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours in Navy aircraft and has received numerous personal, unit and campaign awards.