USS John C. Stennis
Chain of Command
Captain Randy Peck
USS John C. Stennis
Captain Randy Peck is a native of Houston, Texas. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned in May 1991. He completed flight training at Naval Air Station Miramar, and earned his Naval Flight Officer designation in July 1993. Upon completing E-2C flight training in January 1994, he reported to the "Wallbangers" of VAW 117, NAS Miramar, California, where he deployed twice for Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and once for counter-drug operations in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-EAST. In May 2000, he was reassigned to Cruiser-Destroyer Group THREE embarked on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) based in Everett, Washington where he served as the Battle Group Air Defense Officer. There, he deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Rim of the Pacific and NORTHERN EDGE exercises. In September 2002, he reported to VAW 116 "Sunkings", NAS Point Mugu and embarked on USS CONSTELLATION (CV 63) where he deployed in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH/FOCUS and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In July 2008, he joined VAW 112 Golden Hawks as Executive Officer where he deployed to the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). In September 2009, he assumed command of VAW 112 until December 2010. After completing Nuclear Propulsion training, he served as the Executive Officer of USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) conducting a Reactor Complex Over haul from November 2012 to November 2014. He assumed command of USS MESA VERDE (LPD 19) in February 2016. He deployed to the Sixth Fleet in February 2017 until his Change of Command in May2017. His shore tours include an assignment to VAW 120 "Greyhawks" based in Norfolk, VA as an instructor Naval Flight Officer, a joint duty assignment with the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program -Analytical Projects Office at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Alexandria Virginia where he supported Office of the Secretary of Dense, Joint Staff and Joint Forces Command projects. Most recently, he served as Experimentation Department Head at Navy Warfare Development Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Captain Peck has accumulated over 2400 flight hours in the E-2C Hawkeye. His personal awards include a Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4), Air Medal (Strike/Flight with bronze numeral one), the Navy Commendation Medal (3, one with combat V) and the Navy Achievement Medal (4). Capt. Peck assumed command of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on 3 August 2018.
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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