CAPTAIN WILLIAM M. GOTTEN, JR.
Captain Gotten, a native of Memphis, TN, was commissioned in 1994 through the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. He was selected for flight training and reported to Pensacola, FL. In 1996, he was designated a Naval Aviator at NAS Kingsville, TX, and thereafter trained with the "Rough Raiders" of Strike Fighter Squadron 125 as NAS Lemoore, CA in the F/A-18 Hornet.
Captain Gotten's first fleet assignment was with the "Mighty Shrikes" of Strike Fighter Squadron 94 at NAS Lemoore, CA, where he reported in December of 1997 and immediately picked up his callsign "Lamont". He deployed aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and flew combat missions in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. In 2001, he led one of the two competition flights that won the "Mighty Shrikes" the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific's John P. McClaren Strike Fighter Derby.
In April 2001, Captain Gotten began a Personnel Exchange Program tour with the U.S. Air Force, receiving initial F-15C Eagle training with the "Fightin' Furies" of the 1st Fighter Squadron at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL. He reported in September of 2001 to Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, to join the 44th Fighter Squadron. He served with the "Vampire Bats" as a Flight Commander, Assistand Director of Operations, and F-15C Instructor Pilot, during which time the 44FS received three Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards.
Captain Gotten returned to the seagoing Navy in April 2004 with Carrier Air Wing Five in Atsugi, Japan. He served as the Air Warfare Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, during which time he completed numerous deployments with USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). In 2005, he remained with Forward Deployed Naval Forces and CVW-5 as he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron 27 for his Department Head tour. During his time with the "Royal Maces" as Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Department Head, VFA-27 was awarded back-to-back Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Safety "S's" back-to-back Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet Battle "E's", and the Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific's LT(jg) Bruce Carrier Memorial Award for Maintenance and Safety Excellence.
In 2007, Captain Gotten was assigned to the NATO Communications and Information Systems Services Agency staff in Mons, Belgium. While with NCSA, he completed his Masters of Science degree in Information Technology Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland University College. He also deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he served as the NCSA Liaison Officer to NATO's International Security Assistance Force Headquarters for seven months. Following referesher training with the "Gladiators" of VFA-106 at NAS Oceana VA, Captain Gotten reported to the "Dambusters" of Strike Fighter Squadron 195 in September 2010 as the Executive Officer, advancing to command in January of 2012.
In June 2013, Captain Gotten was assigned to the Military Assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy / Deputy Chief Management Officer, now the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (Management) at the Pentagon. He completed the Naval Postgraduate School's Executive Masters of Business Administration in March 2016.
His Personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service medal (two awards), the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as numerous unit and service awards.
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