Captain Chad Vincelette is a native of Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 having earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He earned his designation as a Naval Aviator in June 1996.
His operational assignments include the Diamondbacks of VF-102; a temporary assignment to the Black Knights of VF-154, where he deployed for the commencement of Operation Iraqi Freedom, flying as a Forward Air Controller (Airborne); and two tours with the Swordsmen of VFA-32, serving as a Department Head and subsequently Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.
His shore assignments include instructor duty at Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic (SFWSL) after attending the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN); Flag Aide to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces; Action Officer at NATO headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation (SACT); Power Projection Branch Head in the Assessments Division on the OPNAV staff; and Aviation Requirements Officer at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
Vincelette has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and 617 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include two Legion of Merit Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, Individual Air Medal with Combat “V”, six Strike Flight Air Medals, Joint Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, as well as various service and campaign medals.