Carrier Air Wing Fourteen

Deputy Commander, Carrier Air Wing 14

Captain Kevin Mannix

United States Navy

Captain Kevin Mannix

Captain Kevin “Nix” 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, Texas and received orders to VA-122 to fly the A-7E Corsair II in Lemoore, California.  Captain Mannix’ initial fleet assignment was to VA-97 Warhawks where he deployed on board the USS CARL VINSON for PACEX 89 and WESTPAC 90.  Upon completion of WESTPAC in August 1990 he transferred and deployed two weeks later with VA-46 Clansmen on board USS JOHN F. KENNEDY in direct response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.  He flew 20 combat missions in Desert Storm, including the Night One Strike on Baghdad. 

In April 1991 Captain Mannix reported for FA-18 transition training to the VMFAT-101 SHARPSHOOTERS at MCAS El Toro and remained on as a landing signal officer (LSO).  In June 1993 he reported to CVW-14 as the CAG LSO and during this tour he also served as the VFA-25 Safety Officer and Training Officer, completed TOP GUN Power Projection course and deployed twice on board the USS CARL VINSON as a CAG LSO in support of Operation Southern Watch. 

Captain Mannix reported to Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific (SFWSPAC) July 1996 and served as a staff Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) until November 1998.  He then reported to VFA-25 Fist of the Fleet as a department head and again deployed in support of Operation Southern Watch in 1998 on board USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN.  In May 2000 he reported back to SFWSPAC and served as the Operations Officer until October 2002 when he reported to Commander, Fifth Fleet in Bahrain for contingency planning until February 2003. 

Captain Mannix’ initial command tour was with VFA-27 Royal Maces in Atsugi, Japan on board the USS KITTY HAWK.  Under his command the Royal Maces were recognized by COMNAVAIRPAC for the CY 2005 and again in CY 2006 for the Battle “E”, CNO Safety “S”, Association of Naval Aviation McClusky Award and the Golden Anchor.  In November 2006, Captain Mannix reported as the Commanding Officer of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, Blue Angels, and served until November 2008.  During his command the team won the prestigious International Council of Airshows “Sword of Excellence”, which recognized the team’s professional contributions to the air show industry. 

From February 2009 until April 2009 Captain Mannix served as a Battle Director on the staff of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center (CAOC) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.  He has completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 (JPME 1) through the Air Force Air Command and Staff College and has attended the Joint Forces Staff College, in Norfolk, Virginia, and completed his studies at the Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JPME 2). Captain Mannix was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award as a LCDR in 2001 and again as a CDR in 2005. He has accumulated over 5,000 flight hours and has 908 carrier arrested landings on 11 different carriers.  In January 2010 he reported to Carrier Air Wing FOURTEEN as the Deputy Commander.  


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