CAPT Richard C. McCormack, U.S. Navy
Chief of Staff (Prospective)
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Captain McCormack enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and was selected a year later to attend the United States Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI. He graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in May 1990. He is also a graduate of the US Navy Test Pilot School, the NATO Defense College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Captain McCormack completed flight training in 1994 and was qualified in the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. His operational tours include VFA-131 as a division officer and Landing Signal Officer, and VFA-146 as a department head.
He commanded VFA-86, USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC 19) and most recently saw USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) through commissioning as the Commanding Officer. He also served as executive officer of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77). As a Naval Aviator, he embarked in the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65). Captain McCormack flew in support of Operations Joint Endeavor, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Anaconda where he accumulated over 2800 flight hours and 750 arrested landings. For his joint assignment, he deployed as the Officer in Charge of Multi-National Division Baghdad’s Joint Counter Radio Controlled Improvised Explosive Device team in direct support of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division.
His shore assignments include VX-31 as F/A-18 test pilot, E/F model manager and Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System/AIM-9X project pilot, VFA 125 as training officer, and OPNAV N-98 staff as the F/A-18 requirements officer.
Captain McCormack’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Battle E (USS BLUE RIDGE), and various other unit and campaign awards.