Rear Admiral Michael S. White
Strike Group Commander
Rear Adm. White is a 1983 graduate of the University of Colorado and earned a Master of Arts degree from Webster University in 2005.
His career as a naval aviator includes assignments with Attack Squadron (VA) 72, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, executive and commanding officer of VFA-137, air operations officer for Carrier Group One, and deputy commander and commander CVW 5.
Assignments to shore and staff billets include Naval Strike Warfare Center; Bureau of Naval Personnel; VFA-125; director of the commander’s action group at United States Northern Command; director of Aviation Career Management Division (PERS 43) at Navy Personnel
Command, chief operating officer for Naval Education and Training Command, and most recently as Assistant Commander, Navy Personnel Command for Career Management (PERS-4).
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Strike Flight Air Medals, six Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one with Combat “V”; the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other unit citations and campaign ribbons. He has flown more than 3,800 flight hours, and has made more than 1,000 carrier arrested landings.
He assumed duties as Commander, Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG-11) on Feb. 11, 2013.
Captain Michael J. Coury
Chief Of Staff
A native of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Captain Mike Coury graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1985. In 1986, he received his naval flight officer wings and reported to Tactical Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 for training in the EA-6B Prowler. He has earned graduate degrees in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee in 1994, and National Security and Strategic Studies (honor graduate) from the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. in 2001.
Coury’s fleet assignments include deployments from both coasts as well as Japan in VAQ-141 embarked aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); Flag Electronic Warfare Officer for Cruiser Destroyer Group ONE embarked aboard USS Constellation (CV 64); VAQ-136 embarked aboard USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63); Commanding Officer, VAQ-131 embarked aboard USS Constellation (CV 64) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); and Flag Operations Officer, Carrier Strike Group THREE embarked aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). Coury’s shore assignments include Air Test and Evaluation Squadron FIVE in China Lake, California; Electronic Attack Wing Pacific in Oak Harbor, Washington; Executive Assistant to the Deputy
Combined Forces Air Component Commander (DCFACC), stationed at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) in Saudi Arabia; and J33 Force Provider Branch Chief, Joint Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. Captain Coury assumed command of Naval Station Everett in June 2010 to July 2013. He assumed duties as Chief of Staff, Carrier Strike Group ELEVEN in October 2013.
Coury’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal with combat “V” (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (four awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards, two with combat “V”), Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards. Coury is the recipient of the Commander, Naval Air Forces Leadership Award for 2005 (CVWP Prowler). He has accumulated over 3,000 accident-free hours in various Navy jets, including over 2,600 hours in the EA-6B Prowler, to include 320 combat hours.
USS Nimitz (CVN 68)
USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)
USS Higgins (DDG 76)