Commanding Officer

CAPT JOSEPH H. EVANS
UNITED STATES NAVY

Captain Evans earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Montana State University in 1987 and was designated a Naval Aviator on 15 September 1989 at NAS Meridian.

Following flight school he reported to VA-42 at NAS Oceana where he qualified in the A-6E Intruder. Upon completion of the Fleet Readiness Squadron, he was assigned to the VA-34 “Blue Blasters” and made one deployment to the Persian Gulf embarked aboard the USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69). In 1994, Captain Evans was transferred to the VFA-106 “Gladiators” for FA-18 Hornet transition training. He subsequently stayed on with the Gladiators as a flight instructor until 1997.

From April to December of 1997, Captain Evans served as the aide-de-camp to Commander, Carrier Group TWO, aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67), making one deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and to the Persian Gulf.

In 1998, Captain Evans reported to the “Golden Warriors” of VFA-87 for his department head tour.  He served as the Operations Officer while embarked aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) for the 1999 deployment in support of Operation ALLIED FORCE and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.  His subsequent shore tour assignment was to the staff of the Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, where he served as Assistant Air Wing Training and Readiness Officer.  Following that tour, he attended the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB.

In 2004, Captain Evans reported to the VFA-83 “Rampagers” as the Executive Officer and assumed command in 2005. Captain Evans completed one deployment to the Persian Gulf onboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. His squadron received the CNO 2005 Safety “S” Award and the 2005 CNO Fleet Retention Award.

Captain Evans’ next tour was split between the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He specifically served as the Principle Deputy to the Chairman’s Legislative Assistant and subsequently as the Director of Senate Affairs for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. His follow on assignment was to the National War College graduating with a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategies.  Captain Evans assumed command of Training Air Wing TWO on 15 July 2011. Captain Evans assumed command of the University of Michigan Naval ROTC in 2013.

Captain Evans has over 3000 flight hours and 550 arrested carrier landings.& His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Air Medal with Combat “V” (one individual, three Strike/Flight),  the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) as well as various unit, service, and campaign awards.