Commander John Harkins

Commanding Officer, Patrol Squadron (VP) 4

29 October 2020 Commander Johnny Harkins is a native of Nicholasville, KY. He graduated from Miami (OH) University in 2004, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education. He was a member of the Miami University Reserve Officer Training Corp unit and commissioned June 2004. In 2005 he was designated a Naval Flight Officer at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

Operationally, Commander Harkins completed his first sea tour at Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron ONE (VQ-1). He completed eight detachments deploying to 5th and 7th Fleet and supporting Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. For his disassociated sea tour he served as Flag Lieutenant to BATTLE FORCE SEVENTH FLEET (CTF-70). Collaterally qualifying as a Tactical Action Officer, he completed nine months underway on the Navy's only forward deployed aircraft carrier. As a department head, he served in Patrol Squadron FIVE (VP-5) where he finished his tour as the Maintenance Officer and Instructor TACCO. He deployed to the 6th and 7th Fleet AORs.

Commander Harkins' shore assignments include an instructor tour at Patrol Squadron THREE ZERO (VP-30) where primary duties included P-3C Instructor Navigator, EP-3E Fleet Instructor Under Training SEVAL Instructor, and EP-3E Weapons Tactics Instructor. He also served as the Operations Officer for Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN (CPRW-11) where he was responsible for operational support to six P-8A squadrons, one P-3C and one unmanned MQ-4 squadron.

As Executive Officer, Patrol Squadron FOUR (VP-4), he was honored to lead the Skinny Dragons on a split site deployment to the 4th and 6th Fleet AORs. Implementing an agile expeditionary operational posture throughout Europe, the Skinny Dragons achieved over 600 hours of contact on seven adversary submarines, a new 6th Fleet record.

Commander Harkins' awards include one Meritorious Service Medal, five Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and the Iraq Campaign Medal. He has over 2,300 flight hours in three T/M/S aircraft.
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