CO: COMMANDER JEREMY RIFAS
Carrier Airborne Command and Control One One Three
COMMANDER Jeremy Rifas, a native of Davis, California, graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business in 1996. He was designated a naval aviator in March 1999 and completed initial training in the E-2C Hawkeye in January 2000.
In January 2000, Commander Rifas reported to VAW-125 Tigertails, where he embarked with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). While at VAW-125, he served as the Pilot NATOPS/Training Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Senior Landing Signals Officer.
In November 2002, he moved to South Texas where he was assigned as a T-45A instructor pilot with VT-22 Golden Eagles. At VT-22, his duties included Squadron Production Officer, the first-ever Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) E-2/C-2 Standardization Officer, and Landing Signals Officer.
In January 2005, Commander Rifas reported as Aide de Camp to the Commander, Joint Command Lisbon/Commander, U.S. SIXTH Fleet in Lisbon, Portugal.
Following a tour as the Assistant Training Officer with the E-2/C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAW-120, he reported for his Department Head tour with VAW-116 Sun Kings in Point Mugu, California. As a “Sun King,” Commander Rifas served as Maintenance Officer and embarked with Carrier Air Wing TWO onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).
In August 2009, Commander Rifas reported to the United States Naval War College as a student in the College of Naval Warfare where he earned a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies as well as full Joint Professional Military Education.
In August 2010, he reported to the United States Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida, where he served as the Chief of Current Operations for Europe and NATO Special Operations and assistant to the Chief of Current Operations for Africa. Commander Rifas reported to the "Black Eagles" of VAW-113 as its Executive Officer in June 2013, where he has flown missions in support of the Carrier Strike Group NINE and Carrier Air Wing TWO Fleet Readiness Training Plan and 2014 Rim Of The Pacific (RIMPAC) Deployment aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76).
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (4 strike/flight), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various other campaign and unit awards. He has nearly 3,000 flight hours and 600 carrier arrested landings. Commander Rifas has deployed in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.