Commander Josh "Rusty" Ales

Commanding Officer, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 141

20 December 2020 A native of Carthage, Missouri, Commander Ales graduated from Pittsburg State University in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. CDR Ales was commissioned through Navy Officer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola, FL in April 2003 and reported to for flight training in June 2003. He earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings in October 2004. In December 2004, CDR Ales reported to the VAQ 129 “Vikings” for initial fleet training as an EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer. 

CDR Ales began his operational flying in January 2006 with the “Rooks” of VAQ 137.  While a “Rook”, he made two deployments aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), participating in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. 

Following his first fleet tour, CDR Ales deployed with Naval Special Warfare Development Group to support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Electronic Warfare Officer and Assistant Fires Support Officer from January to July 2009.

CDR Ales reported to the to the VAQ 129 “Vikings” as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor in August 2009 and completed transition to the EA-18G Growler in May of 2010. During this tour CDR Ales was selected as the LT David Dillon Award Inspirational Leadership Award recipient and was one of the Initial Cadre of Growler Tactics Instructors to complete the HAVOC Course in NAWDC. 

In November 2012, CDR Ales returned to the fleet as Training Officer in VAQ-130, the “Zappers”.  While with the Zappers, he completed one deployment aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. 

CDR Ales reported to VAQ-136, the “Gauntlets” in September 2014 for his Department Head tour. While with the Gauntlets, he completed SOUTHERN SEAS deployment aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON and served as Safety, Operations, and Maintenance Officer. During his tour with the Gauntlets, CDR Ales was one of the first EA-18G Aircrew to complete the NAWDC Air Wing Strike Lead Course and was designated a SEAD Mission Commander by Commander Carrier Air Wing Two .

Following his Department Head tour, CDR Ales served as VAQ Aviation Assignments Officer, Navy Personnel Command.  While serving in NPC, he was responsible for the Career Management of all O-4 and junior Electronic Attack aircrew.  He was selected for squadron command in March 2017 and is scheduled to report to VAQ-141 as Executive Officer in July 2019.

CDR Ales has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours in EA-6B, EA-18G and other model aircraft and 475 carrier arrested landings, including 92 combat missions. His awards include the Strike/Flight Air Medal (4 awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various unit, service, and campaign awards and ribbons.
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