Rear Admiral James Basil Godwin III, a native of San Antonio, Texas, graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1973. He was directly commissioned as an Ensign into the United States Navy and subsequently received his Naval Aviator wings in July 1975.
Rear Adm. Godwin’s initial tours include numerous fleet assignments with VA-147, VA-122 and Air Wing 9 flying the A-7 Corsair II and VFA-125 and VFA-25 flying the F/A-18 Hornet. From March 1991 until June 1992 he served as a Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 (VFA-192) while embarked in USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Independence (CV-62). As a combat veteran during his command tour, Rear Adm. Godwin amassed 34 Desert Storm missions.
After detaching from VFA-192, he reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) where he began his career in Navy acquisition. This career path, as the Lead Systems Engineer, Deputy Program Manager and ultimately the F/A-18 Program Manager, led to the position he holds today as the Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft (PEO(T)), which includes all tactical aircraft and weapons systems on the Navy’s aircraft carriers. In addition Rear Adm. Godwin co-leads the NAVAIR Warfighter Focus Group, which is actively engaged in balancing near term and future readiness of the aviation fleet.
As PEO(T), Rear Adm. Godwin manages a network of aviation technology experts and program managers, which deliver systems to the fleet that provide advanced warfare technology. These systems include the early operational fielding of the Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR), Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) and the SHAred Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) for the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet; The Improved Capability III (ICAP III) Airborne Electronic Attack system for the EA-6B Prowler community revolutionizing electronic attack; and the latest version of the Sidewinder missile, the AIM-9X, which delivers air dominance to the U.S Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force.
Systems currently under development under the direction of Rear Adm. Godwin include the new Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar for the Super Hornet, an Electronically Scanned Radar for the E-2 Advanced Hawkeye and the U.S Navy’s replacement for the Prowler, the EA-18G aircraft.
His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike/Flight Air medal (three awards), Individual Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards including one Combat “V”), Navy Achievement Medal, Expert Pistol medal, and several unit awards and citations.
Updated: 17 August 2004