After earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992 and completing short tours as a research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM and on the Chief of Naval Education and Training Staff, CAPT Timothy M. Hill earned designation as a Naval Flight Officer in January 1996. CAPT Hill then completed S-3B Fleet Replacement training at VS-41 in North Island, CA prior to reporting aboard VS-30 at NAS Cecil Field, FL.
A 1994 graduate of S.U.N.Y. Maritime College with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Electrical Engineering, CAPT Covelli received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1997. After completing initial EA-6B Prowler training with the “Vikings” of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 129, he joined the “Rooks” of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 137 and deployed onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 2001, CAPT Covelli received follow on orders to Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 129 as an FRS instructor where he served as the EA-6B Night Vision Goggle Model Manager.