Apr 21, 2000
Submitted by TEAM Public Affairs, Cherry Point
PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -- At a ceremony on Friday, April 21, 2000, Captain James B. Godwin, III, received his permanent appointment, to the grade of Rear Admiral (Lower Half). The ceremony was led by Vice Adm. John Lockard, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command.
Godwin was joined by his wife Karen, and his children Clancy, Brit and Hunter. Also joining the ceremony was Corkey Godwin, Rear. Adm. Godwin’s mother.
Prior to reading the frocking authorization letter issued from the Chief of Naval Operations, Lockard spoke to the assembled audience on Godwin’s special skill set, special experience and demonstrative performance.
Godwin’s words to the audience were filled with thanks and gratitude to all of the people who have affected his career along the way. He noted his sincere appreciation to those who have helped him achieve success.
In addition, he remarked that it was a special day to have both his wife and mother present to witness his promotion, as they both did in 1973 when he graduated from Tulane University and subsequently commissioned into the United States Navy.
Flight training for Godwin began in February 1974 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla., and completed at NAS Kingsville, Texas, where he received his wings in July 1975. He was ordered to NAS Lemoore, Calif. for replacement pilot training in A-7 Corsair II and served subsequent tours with VA-147, VA-122 as an instructor pilot/landing signals officer (LSO), and Carrier Air Wing Nine (CVW-9) as an Air Wing LSO. At the completion of his tour in 1983, he was selected as an instructor pilot of VFA-125, the first F/A-18 Hornet squadron in the Navy.
Godwin went on to serve with VFA-125 as a department head and commander, Light Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, as the F/A-18 night attack program developer prior to reporting to VFA-192 as executive officer in September 1989.
Godwin commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 192 from March 1991 until June 1992, while embarked aboard the USS Midway (CV-41) and USS Independence (CV-62) forward deployed to NAS Atsugi, Japan.
After detaching from VFA-192, he reported to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), then in Arlington, Va., and served as the F/A-18 Assistant program manager for Systems and Engineering (Class Desk) from July 1992 until December 1994. His principal responsibility was leading the engineering and manufacturing development team of the F/A-18E/F program through the critical design phase.
He served as co-deputy program manager for Production and Systems Development in the F/A-18 Program Office serving F/A-18A/B/C/D and new systems developments worldwide from January 1995 until January 1996. He was subsequently selected to be the executive assistant to the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command in January 1996 and served in that capacity until August 1996. He assumed his prior command as the F/A-18 program manager on April 18, 1997.
Godwin has over 2,000 hours in the A-7, 2,000 hours in the F/A-18, and more than 915 carrier arrested landings.
As a combat veteran with 34 Desert Storm missions, his awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike/Fight 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.
Godwin will now report to assume the duties of program executive officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs, in Patuxent River, Md.