Cotton, John, VADM

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Current Service Status
USN Retired
Current/Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Current/Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
2003-2008, 131X, COMNAVRESFOR New Orleans (CNRF)
Previously Held NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
139X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot (In Training)
Service Years
1973 - 2008
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Shellback
Plank Owner
Sandbox Sailor Operation Iraqi Freedom
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

 Official Badges 

Office of the Secretary of Defense US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationUnited States Naval InstituteMilitary Order of the CarabaoTailhook Association
Navy League of the United StatesReserve Officers Association (ROA)Association of Naval AviationDistrict 5
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)United States Navy Memorial Naval Aviation Museum FoundationSurface Navy Association
  1973, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1974, United States Naval Institute [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1978, Military Order of the Carabao
  1978, Tailhook Association
  1982, Navy League of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1982, Reserve Officers Association (ROA) [Verified]
  1982, Association of Naval Aviation - Assoc. Page
  1986, Association of the United States Navy (AUSN), District 5 (Washington, DC, District Of Columbia) [Verified]
  1994, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1994, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1996, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation [Verified]
  2009, Surface Navy Association [Verified]

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

The mission of Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation is to ensure that our residents are offered the finest quality of care and service, as well as to provide a comfortable environment fostering dignity, friendship, and security.

Other Comments:
Member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board at the Pentagon and a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfok, VA
 Countries Deployed To or Visited
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Command at Sea

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Cleveland (LPD-7)Naval Aviation Schools Command (Staff)VT-1 Eaglets
VT-23VT-2 Golden EaglesVA-125 Rough RidersVA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
USS Midway (CV-41)VA-122 Flying EaglesNAS Cubi PointCOMLATWINGPAC
VA-204VFP-63VFP-306 - The Peeping TomsVFP-206
VFA-106 GladiatorsVFA-204 River RattlersNAS Keflavik, IcelandCNO - OPNAV
Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA)COMNAVAIRLANTOffice of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)COMNAVRESFOR New Orleans (CNRF)
  1969-1973, 110X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1970-1970, 110X, USS Cleveland (LPD-7)
  1973-1973, 139X, Naval Aviation Schools Command (Staff)
  1973-1973, 139X, VT-1 Eaglets
  1973-1974, 139X, VT-23
  1974-1974, 131X, VT-2 Golden Eagles
  1974-1975, 131X, VA-125 Rough Riders
  1975-1978, 131X, VA-93 Blue Blazers/Ravens
  1975-1978, 131X, USS Midway (CV-41)
  1976-1977, 131X, VA-122 Flying Eagles
  1977-1977, 131X, NAS Cubi Point
  1978-1980, 131X, COMLATWINGPAC
  1981-1982, 131X, VA-204
  1982-1982, 131X, VFP-63
  1982-1984, 131X, VFP-306 - The Peeping Toms
  1984-1987, 131X, VFP-206
  1987-1991, 131X, VA-204
  1991-1991, 131X, VFA-106 Gladiators
  1991-1994, 131X, VFA-204 River Rattlers
  1994-1996, 131X, NAS Keflavik, Iceland
  1996-1997, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  1997-1998, 131X, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia (JTF-SWA)
  1997-1999, 131X, COMNAVAIRLANT
  1999-2003, 131X, CNO - OPNAV
  2000-2003, 131X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  2003-2008, 131X, COMNAVRESFOR New Orleans (CNRF)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1971-1973 Vietnam War
  1997-1998 Operation Southern Watch (Iraq)
  2004-2004 Training Exercise - Ulchi-Focus Lens '04
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Navy.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
List the names of old friends you served with, at which locations, and recount what you remember most about them. Indicate those you are already in touch with and those you would like to make contact with.
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Navy?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1969-1973, United States Naval Academy
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