USS John C. Stennis
Chain of Command
Captain Gregory C. Huffman
USS John C. Stennis
The son of a career naval officer, Capt. Greg Huffman is a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a Master of Arts in History from the University of Maryland in 1989 and a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Sea duty flying assignments include a junior officer tour with the 'Rampagers' of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 83 based in Cecil Field, Fla., a department head tour with the 'Sunliners' of VFA-81, based in Oceana, Va., and command of the VFA-27 'Royal Maces' based in Atsugi, Japan. He completed multiple deployments aboard USS Saratoga (CV 60), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73), and flew combat missions over Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Capt. Huffman was named the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic F/A-18 Pilot of the Year for 1996 and won the Mike Longardt Leadership Award in 2001. Shore duty flying assignments include the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, developmental Test Pilot for F/A-18 electronic warfare systems and initial testing of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in China Lake, Calif., and Executive Officer and Instructor Pilot with the VFA-122 'Flying Eagles' in Lemoore, Calif. Additional shore duty assignments include Military Aide to the President of the United States at the White House, Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic and Head Aviation Lt. Cmdr. and Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn. Following nuclear power training Capt. Huffman served as the final operational Executive Officer of USS Enterprise, completing her 25th and final deployment in 2012. He then commanded USS Green Bay (LPD 20) homeported in San Diego, Calif. from June 2013 until August 2014. Capt. Huffman has logged over 2,800 flight hours in 24 different aircraft types and accumulated over 700 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with Combat V), and numerous unit citations. Capt. Huffman assumed command of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on 14 February 2016.
USS John C. Stennis
CDR J. Patrick Thompson III is a native of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor's of Science in Naval Architecture. CDR Thompson also holds two Master's Degrees in Systems Analysis and National Security/Strategic Studies.
Upon the completion of flight training in Pensacola in 1999, CDR Thompson completed operational assignments as a Naval Aviator at HS-4 as a division officer, HCS-4 (renamed to HSC-84) and HS-14 as a department head, and Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer of HSC-85 from 2014-2015. Throughout these tours, CDR Thompson has deployed ten times, supporting numerous named operations around the world.
CDR Thompsonís shore tours include instructor pilot at HSC-3 and a staff officer tour at U.S. Special Operations Command in the Policy, Plans, and Strategy Directorate.
CDR Thompson has logged over 3000 flight hours in various H-60 aircraft. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (one "V" for valor and seven Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards and one "V" for valor), Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit level awards.
CDR Thompson assumed the duties of Executive Officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in May of 2018.
Commander J. Patrick Thompson III
USS John C. Stennis
Master Chief Benjamin D. Rushing, a native of Iowa, entered the Navy in June 1993 and attended basic training at Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida. Upon completion of basic training, he attended Nuclear Field "A" school and the Navy's Nuclear Power School also in Orlando. Final nuclear power prototype training was conducted on the Moored Training Ship 635 located in Charleston, South Carolina, and he was designated a nuclear trained Electrician's Mate. Rushing's first duty assignment was onboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in Bremerton, Washington, where he made his nuclear power training operational as a member of Reactor Electrical division. After completing a five year tour, which included an around the world deployment and mid-life refueling of the ship's reactors, he transferred back to Charleston where he taught chemistry, materials and radiological fundamentals at the Navy's Nuclear Power School and was promoted to Chief Petty Officer. His next assignment was in Norfolk, Virginia, assigned to USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) where he served as the Reactor Electrical Division Leading Chief Petty Officer and was promoted to Senior Chief Petty Officer. After completing his tour, Rushing was selected to become the electrical assistant as a member of the Naval Air Forces Atlantic, Nuclear Power Mobile Training Team and was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer. Rushing's next assignment was in Everett, Washington, assigned once again to Nimitz, where he served as the Reactor Department Master Chief. Upon completion of this tour, Rushing transferred to USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) home ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as the Command Master Chief in March 2014. Rushing reported to his current assignment as the Command Master Chief onboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in July 2016. Rushing is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy and Command Master Chief Capstone. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards) along with various service and campaign awards.
Command Master Chief
Benjamin D. Rushing
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