Capt. John Lemmon
U.S. Navy

Capt. John Lemmon, USN - Vice Commander Naval Air Systems Command

Capt. Lemmon is a native of Champaign, Illinois and a 1988 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was designated a naval aviator in 1990, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School Class of 107.

Lemmon attended the Naval Postgraduate School and received his Master of Science degree in systems engineering and analysis. He is Level III qualified in Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act for program management, test and evaluation, and systems planning, research, development and engineering.

During his operational tours with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 122, VAW-124, and VAW-123, he deployed and flew the E-2C Hawkeye aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).

His ashore tours include several acquisition assignments at Naval Air Systems Command, Program Executive Office for Tactical Aircraft Programs, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland, in the E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System program office (PMA-231). Lemmon also served as the E-2/C-2 chief test pilot, Naval Air Depot, North Island, California, and was the chief test pilot and commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, NAS Patuxent River from November 2006 to December 2009.

In a forward-deployed assignment, Lemmon served as commander, Task Group 67.8, Horn of Africa, before returning to his shore assignment as the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye integrated product team co-lead in PMA-231. Lemmon served as the PMA-231 program manager from May 2012 through May 2016 and the program manager for the Air Warfare/From The Air Program Office (PMA-298) from June through November 2016. Lemmon was then selected to serve as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition from December 2017 through February 2018.  He currently serves as the NAVAIR vice commander.

Lemmon has accumulated more than 3,400 total flight hours, completing 324 carrier arrested landings on nine different aircraft carriers. He has flight time in several aircraft models, including jet, helicopter, multi-engine, turboprop, piston, tail-wheel and sailplane. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and various other unit and service awards.