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CAPT Enfield

Captain Enfield

Commander, Carrier Air Wing FIVE

Native to Torrance, California, Captain Enfield received his commission from the US Naval Academy in 1991 and earned his “Wings of Gold” in August 1994. A career strike fighter pilot, he has over 3000 hours and 700 arrested landings in tactical jet aircraft flying from nine different aircraft carriers. He is the first non-test pilot in the Navy to fly the F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Following initial FA-18C pilot training at VMFAT-101 in MCAS El Toro, CA he was assigned to the “Kestrels” of VFA-137 in NAS Lemoore, CA for his initial sea tour where he deployed in support of OPERATION SOUTHERN WATCH. Subsequent operational tours have all been in CVW-5 as part of the Navy’s only permanently Forward Deployed Naval Force assigned to NAF Atsugi, Japan. He first reported in 2001 as the Tactics and Training Officer in the “World Famous Golden Dragons” of VFA-192. He was then assigned to the “Royal Maces” of VFA-27 where he served as Safety, Maintenance, and Operations Department Head, deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and transitioned the squadron to the FA-18E Super Hornet. In 2007 he returned to Japan reporting as Executive Officer in VFA-192.

Command tours include the “World Famous Golden Dragons” of VFA-192 in CVW-5 where his Sailors won the 2008 CNO Safety “S” and earned the 2009 Battle “E” as the finest strike fighter squadron in the Pacific fleet; and, the “Grim Reapers” of VFA-101, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter Fleet Replacement Squadron at Eglin AFB, FL.

Ashore, Captain Enfield served as an Instructor Pilot and the Standardization Officer at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN); at NAVCENT/US FIFTH FLEET in Bahrain where he led the Crisis Action Planning Team for the 2006 non-combatant evacuation of Lebanon; and, at US Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, as the Chief of Program Integration, responsible for articulating the Commander’s resource advocacy mission for Strategic Deterrence, Space, Cyberspace, Missile Defense, and CWMD.

Captain Enfield holds a B.S. in Political Science from the US Naval Academy and a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies (Highest Distinction) from the Naval War College where he was named the President’s Honor Graduate. He is an alumnus of the Navy’s advanced warfighting school, the Naval Operational Planner Course (NOPC), and is designated a Joint Operational Planner with experience in the PACOM and CENTCOM Areas of Responsibility.

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