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Rear Admiral H. Denby Starling II:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Rear Adm. Starling was commissioned through the University of Virginia NROTC program in 1974. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1975, and a Naval Aviator in March 1983. At sea, Rear Adm. Starling flew the A-6 Intruder with the Black Falcons of VA-85, the Golden Intruders of VA-128 as an instructor, and the Milestones of VA-196 as a department head. Additionally, he served as the commissioning Executive Officer of USS John C. Stennis.
Rear Adm. Starling commanded VA-145 aboard USS Ranger during Operation Desert Storm, USS Shreveport (LPD-12), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) and Carrier Group Eight as George Washington Carrier Strike Group.
Ashore, Rear Adm. Starling served on the staff of Medium Attack Tactical Electronic Warfare Wing, Pacific, and as a student at the Naval War College, where he graduated with Highest Distinction. His first flag assignment was with NATO as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations, Intelligence and Exercises, for the Commander-in-Chief East Atlantic/Commander Allied Naval Forces Northern Europe.
Rear Adm.Starling's personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (4), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat V (3 Individual/ 3 Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (3/2 with Combat V) and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Updated: 5 August 2004


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