Former Resident Named Deputy Superintendent of U.S. Naval Academy

Capt. James Bates

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Capt. James Bates has been named the deputy superintendent/chief of staff of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., effective July 1. 

Captain Bates’ mother is Mary Guilfoile of  Torrington.

Capt. Bates will be the principal military advisor to the superintendent on all matters pertaining to the daily operation, administration and maintenance of the U.S. Naval Academy, including advice on academic programs, faculty and staff; admissions; athletics; budget; diversity and institutional research.

He will advise on matters pertaining to maintenance, repairs and improvements of more than 50 facilities, many of which have been designated as national historic landmarks, as well as athletic fields, the boat basin, cemetery and columbarium.

A former Bethlehem resident, Capt. Bates entered the Navy after graduating from Nonnewaug High School in 1987. As an enlisted rescue swimmer in April 1989, he was awarded the Navy Marine Corps medal for heroism during an open ocean rescue in the Mediterranean Sea.

In February 1991, he was awarded the air medal for aerial achievement under hazardous conditions during operation Desert Storm while deployed in USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Based on his character and unlimited potential for service in the officer corps, he was strongly recommended for appointment to the Naval Academy in March 1991.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy and flight school, Capt. Bates had an outstanding career as a Naval flight officer in the F-14 Tomcat and later the F/A-18 Super Hornet. He was named the Naval Officer of the Year in 2008.

In 2012, he took command of Strike Fighter Squadron TWO (VFA-2). In 2018 he took command as the Commodore of Strike Fighter Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Navy’s largest type wing. 

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