Commander, Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN
Captain Kevin "Nix" Mannix
United States Navy


      Captain Kevin Mannix is a native of Lindenhurst, New York and a 1986 graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics.  He was winged August 1988 in Kingsville, TX. and received orders to VA-122 to fly the A-7E Corsair II in Lemoore, CA with an initial Fleet assignment to VA-97 “WARHAWKS” where he deployed onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70).  In August 1990 he transferred to VA-46 “CLANSMAN” and deployed onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY(CV-67) in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.


      Captain Mannix then reported to VMFAT-101 “SHARPSHOOTERS” at MCAS El Toro, CA as an FRS instructor and Landing Signal Officer (LSO).  In June 1993, he reported to Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN (CVW-14) as CAG LSO and deployed twice onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW).  In July 1996, Captain Mannix then served as Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific (SFWSPAC).  In 1998, he reported to VFA-25 “FIST OF THE FLEET” as Department Head and deployed onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) again in support of OSW.  In May 2000, he again reported to SFWSPAC and served as Operations Officer until October 2002 when he reported to Commander, United States FIFTH Fleet in Bahrain for contingency planning.


      Captain Mannix’ initial command tour was with VFA-27 “ROYAL MACES” in Atsugi, Japan onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63).  Under his command, the squadron earned the Battle “E”, CNO Safety “S”, ANA McClusky, and Golden Anchor Awards in 2005 and again in 2006.  He then served as Commanding Officer of the Blue Angels and while under his command the team was recognized with the prestigious International Council of Air Shows “Sword of Excellence” Award.  In January 2010, he reported to CVW-14 and served as the Deputy Commander until deactivation in December 2011 and while deployed onboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) supporting Operations TOMODACHI, NEW DAWN, and ENDURING FREEDOM.


      Captain Mannix has served as a Battle Director of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC), completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, attended the Joint Forces Staff College completing JPME Phase II and in 2012 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trident University with an M.B.A. in Strategic Leadership.  He was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award in 2001 and 2005 and has accumulated over 5,500 flight hours with over 1,100 carrier arrested landings on 12 different carriers.  Captain Mannix reported as Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN in November of 2011 and assumed command in November 2012. 

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