TCVA Welcomes Captain Mike Black as 17th Commodore of Strategic Communications Wing ONE Task Force 1


Captain Michael F. Black

Commander

Strategic Communications Wing ONE

Task Force 124

Michael F. Black graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in May 1993. He earned a Master of Science degree in Management from Troy State University in May 1994. Upon completion of flight training at NAS Whiting Field, FL and Reese AFB, TX, he was designated a Naval Aviator in February 1996.

His sea duty assignments include tours with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR (VQ-4) at Tinker AFB, OK as a junior officer qualifying as an E-6B Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander Evaluator; USS Enterprise (CVN-65) home ported in Norfolk, VA as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer, where he assisted in the launch and recovery of more than 10,000 aircraft in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM; Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) as a department head; and with the “Shadows” of VQ-4 as Commanding Officer from April 2011 to April 2012.

Black’s shore assignments include Training Squadron TWO (VT-2) as a T-34C Instructor Pilot; Naval Personnel Command as VQ Assignments and VQ/VT Maritime Placement Officer responsible for detailing more than 800 constituents; OPNAV N2/N6 as the E-6B TACAMO Requirements Officer and Strategic Command and Control (C2) Systems Branch Head where he managed a combined budget of more than $2.4 billion; and the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer serving as Deputy Director of Nuclear C2 Capabilities; and Deputy Commander, Strategic Communications Wing ONE (SWC-1)

He assumed duties as Commander, Strategic Communications Wing ONE and Task Force 124 March 16, 2018.

Black has logged more than 4,100 flight hours in six different military aircraft and his personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various other service and unit awards.

Captain Anthony Barnes

Deputy Commander

Strategic Communications Wing ONE

Anthony Barnes was born in Macomb, Illinois and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1987 as an Aviation Ordnanceman. His first tour was with VFA-137 KESTRALS where he completed two Mediterranean cruises onboard the USS CORAL SEA. While serving at Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic as an instructor, he was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program and attended the University of Jacksonville NROTC Unit. He graduated from the University of North Florida and Southern Illinois University and received his commission in August of 1995. After the completion of flight school he was designated a Naval Flight Officer in November of 1996. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the National Defense University.

His sea duty assignments include tours with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron FOUR (VQ-4) at Tinker AFB, OK as a junior officer qualifying as an E-6A Airborne Communications Officer Instructor and Mission Commander Evaluator; USS KITTY HAWK (CV-43) in Yokosuka, Japan as the Assistant Navigator deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM where he qualified as Officer of the Deck Underway and Command Duty Officer Underway; Fleer Air Reconnaissance Squadron THREE (VQ-3) as the Maintenance Officer; and with the “Shadows” of VQ-4 as Commanding Officer.

Barnes’ shore assignments include Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida as Battalion Officer in Charge; Naval Personnel Command as VQ/VT Maritime Placement Officer and VQ Assignments Officer; Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron Seven (VQ-7) as the Operations Officer; and Special Operations Command as the Chief Special Technical Operations Officer.

He assumed duties as Deputy Commander, Strategic Communications Wing ONE and Task Force 124 in March 2018.

Barnes has accumulated over 2000 hours of flight time in the E-6 Mercury. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and personal awards.

Current as of March 2018.

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