Rear Adm. John F. Weigold was assigned to his current role as reserve deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in December 2015.
Weigold is a Connecticut native and the son of a Navy Underwater Demolition Team/Frogman veteran. He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Following Surface Warfare Officer (Basic) School in Newport, Rhode Island in 1984, he reported to USS John King (DDG 3) in Norfolk, Virginia for tours as gunnery officer and damage control assistant, auxiliaries and electrical officer. In 1987, reported to USS Caron (DD 970), also in Norfolk, Virginia, as navigator and administration/personnel officer.
Weigold has commanded seven Reserve units, including USS Belknap (CG 26), Fleet Training Group Guantanamo Bay Detachment 102, Afloat Training Group Mayport Detachment 201, U.S. Southern Command, Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Detachment 316, U.S. 7th Fleet, and U.S. European Command Detachment 0193. Other reserve unit assignments include Iceland Defense Force and United States Forces Korea Detachment 102.
Weigold was recalled to active duty in June 2006 as the assistant chief of staff for Operations (N3) for commander, Naval Forces Korea in Seoul, South Korea. He has also served on active duty in various joint, combined and coalition activities and exercises throughout the United States, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian oceans.
His previous flag assignments include service as the deputy commander, U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan and as deputy director, Operations at U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Among his military decorations, Weigold has been the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and individual service awards.
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