Military Bios

Rear Admiral Douglas L. McClain:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Plans and Policy U.S. Pacific Fleet
Rear Admiral Doug McClain from Oklahoma City, Okla., graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1979 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He received his Wings of Gold in August 1981 from VT-22 at NAS Kingsville, Tex.
In September 1982, following A-6E training in VA-128 at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., Rear Adm. McClain reported to the Eagles of Attack Squadron 115 on board USS Midway (CV 41) homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. He received the coveted Top Tailhooker award for Carrier Air Wing Five and was named Pilot and Landing Signals Officer (LSO) of the Year in 1984.
In June 1985, Rear Adm. McClain reported back to the Golden Phoenix of VA-128 as an LSO and instructor pilot in the Intruder. He was the LSO in charge of carrier qualification and in 1986; he was selected as the Instructor of the Year for the Medium Attack Community.
Rear Adm. McClain was selected in 1987 to join the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. As a member of the Blue Angels, he served as the Number 7, 3 and 4 pilot and was the Operations Officer for the squadron. In December 1990, he reported to the Green Lizards of Attack Squadron 95 where he made the maiden deployment of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) to the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. In November 1992, Rear Adm. McClain was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. He graduated in November 1993 where he received a Master's of Science degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and was awarded the President’s Honor Graduate award as the top graduate.
In 1993, Rear Adm. McClain was selected as the first A-6 transition pilot to command an F/A-18 Hornet squadron. He reported in August 1994 for duty as Executive Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron 113. Rear Adm. McClain took the helm of the Stingers in October 1995 where they deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) participating in Operation Desert Strike in September 1996.
Rear Adm. McClain transferred command of the Stingers on 12 December 1996 and four days later assumed command of the Rough Raiders of Strike Fighter Squadron 125. Under Rear Adm. McClain’s leadership, VFA-125 surpassed the 80,000, 90,000 and the coveted 100,000-hour accident free flying mark, a first for any Fleet Readiness squadron in the history of the United States Navy receiving the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award.
Rear Adm. McClain reported for duty as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing Five in June 1998 in Atsugi, Japan, assuming command in October 1999. Under Rear Adm. McClain’s command, Air Wing Five and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), made numerous deployments to the western Pacific including a combat deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch, completing 40,000-flight hours mishap free. In May 2001, he reported for duty on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and served as the Chief of Policy in the J-5 Directorate. In July 2003, Rear Adm. McClain reported to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet and serves as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Policy (N3N5).
Rear Adm. McClain’s awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2) and various unit and campaign awards. He has flown more than 6,000 flight hours including 4,000 in the F/A-18 Hornet and has over 1,400 carrier arrested landings.
Updated: 29 September 2004


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