CAPT John W. Hewitt

Executive Officer, Naval Air Station Oceana

Executive Officer, Naval Air Station Oceana

A native of Smithtown, New York, Hewitt enlisted in the United States Navy in 1987 and deployed aboard USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) and USS FORRESTAL (CV 59) as an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Launch & Recovery). He received his commission in 1995 through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Program and was designated an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in 1997.

At sea, he has served with the VAW-117 Wallbangers, Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO, the VAW-112 Golden Hawks, and was the Executive and Commanding Officer of the VAW-126 Seahawks where he saw the squadron awarded the 2013 Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Battle Efficiency Award. Hewitt also commanded the E-2 and C-2A Fleet Replacement Squadron – the VAW-120 Greyhawks.

Hewitt has deployed worldwide aboard numerous aircraft carriers and supported Operations Southern Watch, Desert Fox, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.

Ashore he has served with VAW-120 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor, with U.S. Joint Forces Command at the Joint Deployment Training Center, and with the Joint Staff, J-7 Deployable Training Division.

Hewitt graduated with distinction from New York Maritime College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Business and Commerce and earned a U.S. Merchant Marine Third Officer’s License. He is a graduate of both the United States Naval War College where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Hewitt has accumulated 2,500 flight hours, 450 arrested landings, and 62 combat missions in the E-2 Hawkeye. He is a Joint Qualified Officer and a graduate of the E-2 Weapons School. His decorations include three Battle Efficiency Awards, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, an Air Medal (individual and strike/flight awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. 

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