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Naval Air Force, US Pacific Fleet

Admiral Ernest King ordered the establishment of US Naval Air Forces, Pacific Fleet (COMNAVAIRPAC) on 29 July 1942. Pacific Fleet subsequently issued a directive in August which established the new command effective 1 September 1942 on which date the offices of Commander Carriers, Pacific Fleet and Commander Patrol Wings, Pacific Fleet were abolished. In May 1949, Vice Admiral Harold B. Sallada and his staff moved their headquarters from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to COMNAVAIRPAC's present location at Naval Air Station, North Island, near San Diego, California.

    1. 1942 RADM Aubrey W. Fitch 15 September 1942
    2. 1942 RADM Leigh Noyes 15 September -14 October 1942
    3. 1942-1944 VADM John H. Towers 14 October 1942-28 February 1944
    4. 1944 RADM Charles A. Pownall 28 February-17 August 1944
    5. 1944-1945 RADM George D. Murray 17 August 1944-20 July 1945
    6. 1946-1946 RADM Alfred E. Montgomery 20 July 1945-31 August 1946
    7. 1946-1948 VADM John D. Price 31 August 1946-5 January 1949
    8. 1948-1949 VADM Harold B. Sallada January 1948
    9. 1949-1952 VADM Thomas L. Sprague October 1949
    10. 1952-1956 VADM Harold M. Martin April 1952
    11. 1956-1959 VADM Alfred Pride February 1956
    12. 1959-1962 VADM Clarence E. Ekstrom October 1959
    13. 1962-1965 VADM Paul D. Stroop November 1962
    14. 1965-1966 VADM Thomas F. Connolly October 1965
    15. 1966-1970 VADM Allen M. Shinn November 1966
    16. 1970-1971 VADM William F. Bringle March 1970
    17. 1971-1973 VADM Thomas J. Walker May 1971
    18. 1973-1976 VADM Robert B. Baldwin May 1973
    19. 1976-1980 VADM Robert P. Coogan July 1976
    20. 1980-1982 VADM Robert F. Schoultz February 1980
    21. 1982-1985 VADM Crawford A. Easterling August 1982
    22. 1985-1987 VADM James E. Service August 1985
    23. 1987-1990 VADM John H. Fetterman, Jr. August 1987
    24. 1990-1993 VADM Edwin R. Kohn, Jr. December 1990
    25. 1993-1996 VADM Robert J. Spane October 1993
    26. 1996-1998 VADM Brent M. Bennitt January 1996
    27. 1998-2000 VADM Michael L. Bowman January 1998
    28. 2000-2002 VADM John B. Nathman August 2000
    29. 2002-2004 VADM Michael D. Malone August 2002
    30. 2004-2007 VADM James M. Zortman August 2004
    31. 2007-2010 VADM Thomas J. Kilkline, Jr. June 2007
    32. 2010-2012 VADM Allen G. Myers, IV July 2010
    33. 2012-2015 VADM David H. Buss October 2012
    34. 2015- VADM Mike Shoemaker January 2015

Note: RADM = Rear Admiral, VADM = Vice Admiral.

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Published: Tue Dec 05 07:13:01 EST 2017