The United States Navy

Vice Admiral John B. Nathman
United States Navy
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

VAdm. Nathman portrait A native of San Antonio, Texas, Vice Admiral John B. Nathman graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1970. He also has an MS in Aero Engineering. After completing flight training, he received the 1972 Naval Training Command's Outstanding Pilot Graduate Award.

He served with Fighter Squadron Two Thirteen flying the F-4 Phantom and was then ordered to the USAF Test Pilot School graduating with distinction in 1976. Vice Adm. Nathman reported to Navy Fighter Weapons School and served as the Topgun Training Officer while flying F-5, T-38 and A-4 aircraft. He was subsequently assigned to Fighter Squadron Fifty-One in 1980 flying the F-14 Tomcat. Reporting to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, he acted as the senior naval test pilot flying all project aircraft with the 4477 Test and Evaluation Squadron. Vice Admiral Nathman commanded Strike Fighter Squadron One Thirty-Two and led his squadron in flying the first F/A-18 combat sorties during operations against Libya in April 1986. VFA-132 received the first Captain Michael J. Estocin Award for meritorious aerial achievement by a strike-fighter squadron.

In 1987, Vice Adm. Nathman reported to USS Nimitz as Executive Officer and subsequently assumed command of USS LaSalle. LaSalle served as flagship for Commander, Middle East Force during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Vice Admiral Nathman assumed command of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in 1992. This carrier was recognized with three consecutive Admiral Flatley Memorial Awards for fleet operational excellence.

Assigned to Allied Forces Southern Europe, Vice Adm. Nathman also acted as the Director for Logistics for Commander, NATO Implementation Force and its first deployment to Bosnia. In 1996, Vice Admiral Nathman assumed command of Carrier Group Seven and the Nimitz Battle Group. He was temporarily assigned as Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia, supporting combat operations and the expansion of the No-Fly Zone in Iraq. During extended naval operations in the Arabian Gulf, he acted as Commander, Task Force Fifty. Vice Adm. Nathman served as Director, Air Warfare, Chief of Naval Operations (N88) through July 2000. On 23 August 2000, Vice Adm. Nathman was assigned duty as Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Updated: 28 September 2000