Commanding Officer: Captain Kevin Lenox

Captain Kevin P. Lenox is a 1990 graduate of Duke University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and was commissioned through the NROTC unit.

Captain Lenox assumed command of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) Jan 12, 2017.

He was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1990 and his initial assignment was to NAS North Island, CA with the "Eightballers" of HS-8 embarked on USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and USS NIMITZ (CVN 68). Flying SH-60B and HH-60H, he completed two deployments and served in numerous junior officer billets. Returning to sea duty in April 1998, Captain Lenox reported to the Carrier Air Wing FIVE staff in Atsugi, Japan. In December 2001 he reported to HS-4 "Black Knights" where he completed a 9-month deployment on USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) and flew numerous combat sorties in the opening days of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In December 2006, he reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron SEVEN as Executive Officer. Nine months later he assumed command. During his CO tour, the "Dusty Dogs" completed a 7-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf which included 13 rescues, small boat defense in the Strait of Hormuz, defense of Iraqi Oil platforms and logistics support to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut. At home the "Dusty Dogs" provided helicopter rescue support for hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He reported to USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) as Executive Officer in September 2010. During this tour, REAGAN was first on the scene for Operation Tomodachi providing support to Japan in the wake of 2011 Earthquake/Tsunami. Captain Lenox commanded USS Denver (LPD 9) in Sasebo, Japan from October 2012 to October 2013.

Shore Duty Assigments include flight instructor at HS-10 (1996-98); U.S. Naval War College where he graduated with distinction and earned and M.A. in Strategic Studies (2000-2001); Naval Air Systems Command where he was the team lead for Navy Helicopter Weapon Systems (2004-2006); Navy Nuclear Power training where he graduated with honors (2009-2010); and Director, JFCC Space Missile Warning Center inside Cheyenne Mountain, CO.

Captain Lenox's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards, 1 combat "V") and the Navy Acheivement Medal (2 awards, along with various unit and campaign awards).

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Executive Officer: Captain Todd Marzano

Captain Todd Marzano is from Denver, Colorado and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering (with High Distinction) from the University of Colorado in May of 1992. Upon completing Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, he was commissioned in December of 1992.

After being designated an Aviator in April of 1995 at NAS Meridian, Mississippi, he reported to the VFA-125 "Rough Raiders" at NAS Lemoore, California for initial F/A-18C training. His first fleet assignment was with the VFA-94 "Mighty Shrikes" at NAS Lemoore, California in July of 1996. During this tour he deployed aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63) and USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

In July 1999, he was selected to the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) Class 05-99 in Fallon, Nevada. After graduating he reported back to NAS Lemoore, California as a Tactics Instructor with Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific (SFWSP) from October 1999 to October 2001.

Captain Marzano was reassigned to the fleet in November of 2001 and reported to the VFA-147 "Argonauts" at NAS Lemoore, California as the squadron's Training Officer. During this tour he completed a 2001-2002 combat cruise onboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN-74) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and a 2003 WESTPAC deployment aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). He remained with VFA-147 in November of 2003 for his Department Head tour and held billets as the Safety, Maintenance, and Operations Officer. During this tour, he completed a 2005 combat cruise onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Following his Department Head tour, he was assigned to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated in March of 2007 earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.

While attending the Naval War College, he screened for Operational Command and was ordered to the VFA-146 "Blue Diamonds" as Executive Officer in March 2008 and assumed the duties as Commanding Officer in May 2009. In September of 2010 he was assigned to USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs, Colorado and served in the Future Operations Division as the Homeland Defense Branch Chief. During his tour at USNORTHCOM he was selected for the Aviation Nuclear Officer program and served as the Executive Officer onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) from October 2014 to September 2016. He reported to the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in October of 2016 as Executive Officer.

Captain Marzano has logged over 3000 flight hours and accumulated over 800 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, four Strike Flight Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Joint Services Achievement Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and numerous unit, campaign and service awards. Additionally, he was awarded the 2005 Michael G. Hoff CNAP Attack Aviator of the Year and was selected for the 2004 Navy and Marine Association (NMAA) Peer Leadership Award.

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Command Master Chief Jimmy W. Hailey III

Command Master Chief Hailey is a native of Austin, Texas. He graduated high school in 1993 and enlisted in the Navy in 1994. He is a designated Master Training Specialist, and is a graduate of the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 154/Brown), CMC/COB Course (Class 109), and the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course at National Defense University/Joint Forces Staff College. Additionally, he earned his Associates in Arts Degree majoring in Marine Systems Management from Coastline Community College in May 2007 and earned his certification in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University in June 2012.

Following his graduation from recruit training at RTC Great Lakes and Surface Sonar Technician "A" School, his first duty station was the Pre-Commissioning crew of the USS FITZGERALD (DDG 62) San Diego, CA. Follow on tours include: USS BENFOLD (DDG 65) San Diego, CA. and USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93) Pearl Harbor, HI.

Ashore, he served two tours at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes Illinois performing the duties as a Recruit Division Commander, Ship's (Barracks) Leading Chief Petty Officer, Fleet Quality Assurance Leading Chief Petty Officer, and 7th Fleet Leading Chief Petty Officer..

Selected into the Command Master Chief program in February 2012, his initial CMC tour was with Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SIX (VFA-86) "Sidewinders" in Lemoore, CA. In October 2013, he reported for his next assignment as the Command Master Chief of Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) "Team Quicksand" in Lemoore, CA.

He assumed the duties as Command Master Chief of USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in February 2016.

His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards), Iraq Campaign Medal, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, GWOT Service Medal, Recruit Training Service Ribbon (two awards) and numerous unit citation and service awards.

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