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Admiral John B. Nathman:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Admiral John B. Nathman, a native of San Antonio, Texas, graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1970. In 1972, he qualified as a naval aviator, receiving the Naval Training Command's Outstanding Pilot Graduate Award while also completing a Master's of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Adm. Nathman has served in a variety of sea, shore and joint assignments, and flown over 40 different types of aircraft during his distinguished career. At sea, he flew the F-4 Phantom with Fighter Squadron Two Thirteen and the F-14 Tomcat with Fighter Squadron Fifty-One. He also commanded Strike Fighter Squadron One Thirty-Two, leading his squadron in flying the first F/A-18 combat sorties against Libya in 1986. In 1987, Adm. Nathman reported to the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) as Executive Officer and subsequently assumed command of USS LaSalle (AGF 3), the flagship for Commander, Middle East Force during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Adm. Nathman returned to Nimitz as Commanding Officer from 1992-1994.
Ashore, Adm. Nathman was assigned to the USAF Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, graduating with distinction in 1976. He served at Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun), responsible for the advanced tactical training of naval aviators. Between 1982 and 1984 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., he was the senior naval test pilot flying all project aircraft with the 4477 Test and Evaluation Squadron.
Since his selection to Flag rank in 1994, Adm. Nathman has served on the NATO staff of Commander, Allied Forces Southern Europe and as the Director of Logistics for Commander, NATO Implementation Force during its first out-of-area deployment to Bosnia. In 1996, he commanded Carrier Group Seven, Nimitz Battle Group and Battle Force Fifty in the Persian Gulf. Adm. Nathman subsequently served as Director, Air Warfare, on the Chief of Naval Operations’ staff in Washington, D.C. In August 2000, he took command of Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and was designated Commander, Naval Air Forces in October 2001. In August 2002, Adm. Nathman was assigned as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs (N6/N7) at the Pentagon. Adm. Nathman served most recently as the 33rd Vice Chief of Naval Operations from August 2004 to February 2005. He assumed command of U.S. Fleet Forces Command on February 18, 2005.
His personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal (three awards), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Bronze Star with Combat V, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (two awards) and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
Updated: 9 May 2005


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