Naval Air Systems Command

NAVAIR delivers naval aviation excellence through the development, acquisition and sustainment of capabilities our Sailors and Marines need to defend our nation today and into the future. We Make an Impact!

Overview: Established in 1966 as the successor to the Navy’s Bureau of Naval Weapons, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is headquartered in Patuxent River, Md., with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas.

Mission: NAVAIR's mission is to provide full life-cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by Sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support.

Vision: Sailors and Marines Armed with Confidence…Because we develop, deliver, and sustain aircraft, weapons, and systems – on time, on cost, with proven capability and reliability – so they succeed in every mission and return safely home.

VADM Carl Chebi

Commander, Naval Air Systems Command

A native of Holliston, Massachusetts, Chebi earned a Bachelor of Science in computer systems engineering and a commission as an ensign from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) and Navy Fighter Weapons School, he holds an Executive Masters in business administration from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Chebi served operationally as an F-14 pilot in Fighter Squadron (VF) 142 deployed with USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) and as executive officer and commanding officer for Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192 deployed with USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) to Atsugi, Japan. He participated in Operation Southern Watch and many Western Pacific deployments.

Shore tours include service as an aircraft and weapons test pilot in both Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 and VX-30 and as deputy for Strike Aircraft Plans and Requirements for the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV).

Chebi completed numerous acquisition tours beginning with USNTPS, where he flew the Mirage 2000 aircraft in France. His program management experience includes serving as a deputy program manager for the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office (PMA-265); program manager for the Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201), and the Naval Integrated Fires Program (PMA-298). He served as vice commander for NAVAIR; the Program Executive Officer (PEO) Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence/PEO Space Systems; and recently as deputy program executive officer, F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office.

Chebi has 3,700-plus flight hours, more than 700 carrier-arrested landings and logged hours in the F/A-18 A-F, Mirage 2000, F-14A-D, F-15, F-16, P-51 and numerous other aircraft.

He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and various unit and sea service awards.

Chebi assumed responsibilities as Commander, Naval Air Systems Command in September 2021.


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Patuxent River, MD 20670
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