NAVAIR

Capt. William E. Coleman, Jr.
U.S. Navy

Capt. William E. Coleman, Jr.

Capt. Coleman grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995.  Designated a Naval Flight Officer, he joined the World Famous Blue Wolves of VS-35 in San Diego, CA, flying the S-3B, and completed two deployments with Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN embarked on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Following his S-3B tour, he reported to North Caroline State University in Raleigh as a Naval ROTC instructor.  While assigned to the Wolfpack Battalion of NC State, he completed a Master's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Chain Management.

As part of the S-3B sundown, Coleman was one of the first officers selected to transition to the P-3C Orion.  In Jacksonville, FL, he served back-to-back Fleet tours with the Pelicans of VP-45 and the VP-5 Mad Foxes. He completed multiple deployments and extended detachments from 2004 to 2009.  In addition to his flight duties, he served as officer-in-charge of P-3 detachments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Djibouti, Africa; as Task Group Operations officer in Sigonella, Sicily; and as maritime patrol liaison officer in Key West, FL and in Doha, Qatar.

Coleman transitioned to Aviation Engineering Duty Officer in Patuxent River, MD in 2009.  His first NAVAIR assignment was with the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance program office (PMA 290) and the P-8 Poseidon Increment and Follow-on development team as a systems engineer.  In 2011, he assumed the duties of deputy director of International Programs for PMA 290, where he led a team responsible for managing foreign military sales for 16 partner nations flying the P-3.  As the Integrated Product Team lead for the T-45 Goshawk (the Navy's Advanced Jet Trainer System) in PMA 273 from 2014 to 2016, Coleman led a multi-functional team that managed the sustainment, safety improvements and avionic upgrades for 199 jet training aircraft.

Most recently, Coleman was assigned to ExxonMobil in Houston, TX as a Secretary of Defense Executive Fellow. He was one of 15 senior military officers assigned to a Fortune 500 company for a year-long industry immersion. As part of ExxonMobil’s Global Marine Unit, Coleman worked on projects ranging from improving West Africa security and logistics, to creating corporate value while maintaining a robust risk management process.

Program Manager Platforms

E-6B