Maritime Staff Operators Course
College of Operational & Strategic Leadership
Professor John “J.C.” Covell joined the College of Strategic and Operational Leadership - Maritime Staff Operators Course - after completing a 29 years of naval service. A graduate of Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., JC attended Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fl. receiving his commission in 1983.
Upon completing E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training, JC reported to VAW-123 onboard the USS AMERICA. Subsequent flying tours included the E-2C FRS, VAW-120, as an instructor, operational tours with VAW-122, VAW-125 and a command tour with the Black Eagles of VAW-113. During these tours, JC participated in Libyan ops, Operation Provide Comfort, Operation Sothern Watch and operations over the former republic of Yugoslavia., amassing over 3,500 flight hours and more than 550 arrested landings.
Staff assignments included SACLANT as a staff communications officer, Navy Warfare Development Command as a Fleet Battle Experiment Director, NAVCENT as N5 and again at NAVCENT as the Liaison officer to Central Command. JC commanded Airborne Command Control and Logistics Wing, the E-2 C-2 Type Wing and was the director of the U.S. Navy Command Leadership School.
Professor Covell has an MS in Human Resource Management from Troy State University and is a graduate of the USAF Air Command and Staff College. He was the 2002 recipient of the James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership.
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