Carrier Strike Group Eleven (CSG 11)

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Rear Admiral Dee Mewbourne

Commander, CSG 11

Rear Adm. Mewbourne was raised in Ormond Beach, Fla. He graduated in 1982 from the United States Naval Academy and was designated a naval flight officer in December 1983. He later earned his master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He is an honor graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School and completed the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program, Air Command and Staff College, and Joint Forces Staff College.

 

Mewbourne took command of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11 on March 24, 2014. Mewbourne’s other command tours include: Naval Service Training Command, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), USS Nashville (LPD 13), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75).

 

At sea, Mewbourne completed sea assignments flying the A-6E Intruder aircraft in Attack Squadron (VA) 34 embarked in USS America (CV 66); VA-75 embarked in USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67); Carrier Air Wing (CVW) Three embarked in Eisenhower; and as the executive officer of VA-196 embarked in USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). After transitioning to the EA-6B Prowler aircraft, he served as the executive officer of VAQ-139 embarked in Lincoln. He also served as the executive officer in USS George Washington (CVN 73).

 

Ashore, Mewbourne served as a flight instructor in VA-42, the East Coast A-6E Fleet Replacement Squadron, and project officer at the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate. Later, he served as military assistant and trip coordinator for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense; chief of staff for Navy Cyber Forces; and, on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic.

 

Mewbourne’s awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (five awards), Air Medal with Combat "V", Strike/Flight Air Medal (two awards), and various other personal and unit awards and campaign medals. While at the Naval Academy, he received the Carl Vinson Leadership Award. Upon completion of initial flight training in the A-6E Intruder aircraft at VA-42 in 1985, he was selected as the Replacement Bombardier/Navigator of the Year. Two years later, he was selected as the East Coast A-6 community’s Junior Intruder of the Year. In August 2012, he was awarded the Truman Foundation Leadership Award for inspirational leadership.

 

Mewbourne has deployed supporting Operations El Dorado Canyon, Provide Comfort, Deny Flight, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, Enduring Freedom, and the 2006 Lebanon War. He has accumulated over 3,500 total flight hours in 47 various type aircraft and over 1,000 arrested landings on 13 carrier decks.

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.

The Ships of CSG 11

USS Princeton (CG 59)

USS Stockdale (DDG 106)

USS Shoup (DDG 86)

USS Nimitz (CVN 68)

USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110)

USS Higgins (DDG 76)

The Aircraft of CVW 11