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Rear Admiral Jim Aiken

Rear Adm. James Aiken is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at Pennsylvania State University with a degree in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College.


As a surface warfare officer, he commanded USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and Destroyer Squadron 60/Task Force 65.


His assignments at sea include service aboard USS Monongahela (AO(J) 178), USS Virginia (CGN 38), Commander, Carrier Group 2 (John F. Kennedy) battle group, USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Hopper (DDG 70).


Ashore, Aiken served as a manpower specialist/detailer at Navy Surface Warfare Manpower Headquarters, Navy Personnel Command; deputy executive assistant/administrative aide to the Secretary of the Navy; liaison to the U.S. Senate for the Secretary of Defense; and naval aide and executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller.


Aiken has completed a Legislative Fellowship with Congressman Randy Forbes, Virginia-4/ Chairman, House Armed Services Committee Readiness Sub-Committee.


As a flag officer, he served as commander, Carrier Strike Group 3 and deputy director Resources and Acquisition, Joint Staff, J8, Washington, District of Columbia.


Aiken is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet.