Captain Patrick"Skull" Greene
Chief of Staff
Captain Greene graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994 and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997. He reported to VF-101 at NAS Oceana, VA for initial F-14 flight training and was subsequently assigned to the VF-14 Tophatters for his first operational fleet tour. Captain Greene made two deployments with VF-14, first aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in 1999 participating in Operations ALLIED FORCE and SOUTHERN WATCH and then aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in 2001 supporting the opening phases of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In December 2001, Captain Greene returned to VF-101 as an F-14 instructor pilot and served as the Fighter Phase Head and Training Officer.
In March 2005, Captain Greene transitioned to the F/A-18C at NAS Lemoore, CA and subsequently reported to VFA-146 for an operational department head tour. He deployed with VFA-146 aboard USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN 74) in 2007 participating in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Following his tour at VFA-146, Captain Greene attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and graduating with distinction.
Captain Greene reported to VFA-2 in November 2009 serving first as Executive Officer then as Commanding Officer. He deployed twice with VFA-2 aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. During his tenure as Commanding Officer, VFA-2 was awarded the 2011 Commander Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award, 2011 Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Battle Effectiveness Award (Battle “E”), and the 2011 Commander Naval Air Forces RADM C. Wade McClusky Award distinguishing VFA-2 as the finest F/A-18 Super Hornet squadron in the Navy.
In June 2012, Captain Greene reported to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics) serving first as Deputy for Unmanned Warfare and then as Military Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Tactical Warfare Systems.
From March 2015 to December 2016, Captain Greene commanded VFA-106, the Navy’s East Coast F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron. During this period, VFA-106 earned the 2015 and 2016 Retention Excellence Awards, 2016 CNO Aviation Safety “S” Award, 2016 CDR Theodore G. Ellyson Aviator Production Excellence Award, and a Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Captain Greene has accumulated over 3,800 flight hours and 850 carrier arrested landings in the F-14 and the F/A-18. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, nine Air Medals (two Individual Action Air Medals with combat distinguishing device and seven strike/flight Air Medals), two Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various campaign and unit awards.