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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Captain Michael "Pup" Sweeney
Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5
29 December 2020
A native of Arlington, Virginia, Captain Sweeney graduated from James Madison University in 1997, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. Captain Sweeney was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in January 1999 and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 2001.
After initial training in the F/A-18, Captain Sweeney reported to “Dambusters” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE FIVE, forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan, in July 2002. While in the “Dambusters”, he completed several WESTPAC deployments onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in addition to a deployment supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM. In November 2005 he reported to the “Sharp Shooters” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron ONE ZERO ONE for duties as an instructor pilot and Landing Signals Officer.
Following completion of his tour as a flight instructor, Captain Sweeney joined Carrier Air Wing THREE in 2008 as Air Wing Landing Signals Officer. In 2010, he transferred to the “Ragin’ Bulls” of Strike Fighter Squadron THREE SEVEN for duties as a Department Head and completed a deployment onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In October 2012, Captain Sweeney accepted orders to the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
In August 2014, Captain Sweeney joined the “Sunliners” of Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT ONE, where he served as Executive Officer and Commanding Officer, and deployed with the command aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
In June 2017, Captain Sweeney reported to USNORTHCOM where he served in the Operations Directorate as the Homeland Defense Future Operations Branch Chief and as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Operations.
In November 2020, Captain Sweeney reported to Carrier Air Wing FIVE as Deputy Commander.
Captain Sweeney has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and 700 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations and unit awards are attributed to the outstanding men and women he has served with during his various tours.