Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | CMDCS
Commander John H. Ciganovich, USN
Commander John Ciganovich, a native of Naperville, IL started his military career in 1993 enlisting in the Navy as an Aviation Electrician Mate with Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR SEVEN. He then attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola in June 2000.
After flight training at NAS Corpus Christi, TX and NAS Meridian, MS, Commander Ciganovich was designated as a Naval Aviator in October 2002 and then reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron ONE TWO ZERO in Norfolk, VA for Fleet Replacement Pilot training.
In 2004 Commander Ciganovich joined the LIBERTY BELLS of VAW-115, forward deployed from Yokosuka, Japan, aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63), serving as the Aircraft Division Officer and Pilot Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization Officer. In March 2007, he reported to the GOLDEN EAGLES of VT-22 in Kingsville, TX serving as an Instructor Pilot and Aviation Safety Officer. In February 2010, he reported to USEUCOM Joint Operations Center for a seven month Global Support Assignment, serving as the Current Operations Officer.
In March 2011, he reported to the BLACK EAGLES of VAW-113 onboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) for his Department Head tour, serving as Safety and Maintenance Officer. In August 2013, Commander Ciganovich attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and completed the Maritime Advanced Warfighting School (MAWS). From September 2014 to April 2017, Commander Ciganovich served at USSTRATCOM in Omaha, NE as a Strategic Planner.
Commander Ciganovich reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes, in May 2017. He has accumulated over 3000 flight hours in nine different aircraft and 280 carrier arrested landings in the T-2, T-45, E-2C Group II, and Hawkeye 2000 aircraft.