Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell

Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Mr. Bryan Scurry

Executive Director, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Captain Walt ''Sarge" Slaughter

Chief of Staff, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Force Master Chief H. Trenton Schmidt

Force Master Chief, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Commander Adam Bean

Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 192

25 October 2020 A native of Hillsboro, Oregon, CDR Bean graduated from Oregon State University in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.  CDR Bean was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Program and reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in October 2001.  In November 2003, he was designated a Naval Aviator in Kingsville, TX, receiving orders to VFA-125 in Lemoore, CA for F/A-18C Hornet initial training. 

CDR Bean began his operational flying in October 2004 with the Knighthawks of VFA-136 in Virginia Beach, VA.  While a Knighthawk, he completed two deployments aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), participating in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, earning the Atlantic Fleet’s Landing Signal Officer (LSO) of the Year award in 2007.

CDR Bean reported to VFA-106 as an Instructor Pilot in February 2008 where he trained students in both the legacy F/A-18C and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet.  After graduating from the Naval Aviation Safety School, CDR Bean served VFA-106 as the Aviation Safety Officer and the Carrier Qualification phase head.

In June 2010, CDR Bean joined CARRIER AIR WING SEVEN, while deployed on board USS EISENHOWER (CVN-69) and supporting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, as a Carrier Air Wing LSO.   

In December 2011, CDR Bean began his department head tour with VFA-83.  After serving as Safety Officer, he completed tours as the Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer.  He participated in OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM while deployed on USS EISENHOWER during 2012 and 2013 deployments. 

In 2015, he received a Master’s Degree in East Asian Strategic Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  In December 2015, CDR Bean joined the Joint Chiefs of Staff, working various C/4 Cyber issues in the J-6 Requirements Division.  In August 2018, he reported to VFA-122 to retrain in the F/A-18E.  He joined VFA-192 as Executive Officer in December 2019 and assumed command as the Commanding Officer in May 2021.

CDR Bean has accumulated more than 2700 flight hours and over 530 carrier-arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals (Strike / Flight), three Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various service awards and ribbons.  He is married to Colleen Bean (nee Bentley) from Rockville, MD. 
 
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