Commander Juston Kuch
United States Navy
Commander Juston Kuch is a native of Valparaiso, IN and graduated from Bradley University in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering while graduating Cum Laude. In January 2003 he was designated a Naval Aviator in Meridian, MS.
Commander Kuch completed initial F/A-18 Hornet training with Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 at MCAS Miramar. From February 2004 to April 2007 Commander Kuch was assigned to the “Blue Blasters” of VFA-34. He embarked on a deployment with Carrier Air Wing (CVW-17), onboard USS JOHN F KENNEDY (CVN 67) in 2004 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and then onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in 2006 for a deployment to the western Pacific. Prior to departing VFA-34, he was awarded the LCDR Clukey Leadership Award. In June 2007, he graduated from TOPGUN and reported to the Strike Fighter Weapon School at NAS Oceana.
In August 2009, Commander Kuch joined the "Jolly Rodgers" of VFA-103 as the training officer and deployed with CVW-7 onboard USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). In February 2011, he reported to the VFA-34 as a Department Head and served as the Operations, Maintenance, Safety, and Administration Officer. He deployed twice onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) once again flying combat missions in support of OEF. CDR Kuch was the recipient of the 2013 Commander Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Longardt Leadership award.
In November 2013 Commander Kuch reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and in November of 2014 graduated with distinction while obtaining a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. After graduation, he reported to the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and served as Branch Chief and Action Officer within the J6 Directorate. In June of 2018, Commander Kuch reported to VFA-34 as Executive Officer.
Commander Kuch has 2,900 flight hours and 600 carrier arrestments and is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and numerous campaign and unit medals and citations.