Commander Kevin McCarty
Commading Officer, VAQ-137
A native of Julian, California, Commander McCarty graduated with merit from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. He was winged as a Naval Flight Officer in January 2003.
Following initial EA-6B Prowler fleet replacement training at the “Vikings” of VAQ-129, CDR McCarty reported to the “Black Ravens” of VAQ-135 in April 2004, where he deployed on USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in 2005 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While assigned to VAQ-135 he served as Schedules Officer, Avionics/Armament Division Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. Following his initial tour he attended the Electronic Attack Weapons School, graduating in Spring 2007.
CDR McCarty then reported to the “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122 for transition training in the FA-18F Super Hornet. Following transition training, he returned to VAQ-129 for initial cadre instructor duty to stand up the EA-18G Growler Fleet Replacement Squadron. During this tour he served as Schedules Officer and Airborne Electronic Attack Phase Head, and was awarded EA-18G NFO Instructor of the Year for 2009.
In In August 2010, CDR McCarty reported to the “Shadowhawks” of VAQ-141 as the squadron Training Officer where he deployed on the first embarked EA-18G deployment aboard the maiden cruise of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77) in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
CDR McCarty attended Aviation Safety Officer School in the spring of 2012 and then reported to the “Scorpions” of VAQ-132 where he served as Safety, Administrative, Operations, and Maintenance Officer. He deployed twice to Misawa Air Base, Japan, in 2012 and 2014 in the first Expeditionary Growler deployment to the Western Pacific, in support of PACOM tasking. While at VAQ-132, CDR McCarty was recognized as the 2014 COMNAVAIRPAC NFO of the Year.
In 2015, following his Department Head tour, CDR McCarty attended the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Defense and Strategic Studies and graduated from the Maritime Advanced Warfare School.
As the Executive Officer of the World Famous Rooks, CDR McCarty deployed aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and Commander U.S. SIXTH Fleet tasking during the first Dynamic Force Employment deployment.
CDR McCarty has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings in the EA-6B, FA-18F and EA-18G. His decorations include the Strike/Flight Air Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, service, and campaign awards. He is married to his amazing wife Brittany.