Commander Adam H. Stone

Commander Adam Stone, a native of Orange Park, Florida, graduated from the University of Florida in 1995. He entered Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, in August of 1998. After receiving his commission, he reported to NAS Whiting Field, Florida for primary flight training with VT-2. He subsequently completed intermediate jet training at NAS Meridian, Mississippi with VT-9 and advanced jet training at NAS Kingsville, Texas with VT-22, where he was designated a Naval Aviator.

Upon selection to fly the F/A-18C Hornet, CDR Stone reported to NAS Lemoore, California for initial FRS training in January of 2001. He reported to the VFA-151 Vigilantes for his first fleet tour in November 2001. CDR Stone made one combat deployment and one WESTPAC deployment with VFA-151. He was then selected to attend the United States Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN).

Upon completion of the TOPGUN course, CDR Stone reported to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific, where he served as the Air-to-Ground Mission Planning and Employment Subject Matter Expert and Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) selection officer.

CDR Stone then reported to VFA-2, where he served as Pilot Training Officer for the Bounty Hunters on their 2007 combat deployment aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN, for which the squadron was awarded the 2008 Battle E award for combat efficiency.

In 2009, CDR Stone reported to VFA-154 for Department Head duty. He made one combat deployment and one WESTPAC deployment with the Black Knights, serving as Safety Officer and Operations Officer.

CDR Stone then reported to Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Detachment Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, where he served as the Officer-in-Charge. He integrated with the USAF 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron Luck Aces, serving as the F/A-18 Program Manager for the Navy Weapons System Evaluation Program (NWSEP). CDR Stone acted as a Live Fire Missile Chase for over 60 missile shoot missions, safely executing over 100 live air-to-air missile firing events.

In November 2014, CDR Stone reported to Carrier Strike Group THREE aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS, where he served as Future Operations Officer and Air Operations Officer for the Strike Group’s 2016 WESTPAC deployment.

In October of 2016 CDR Stone assumed duties as VX-9 Executive Officer.

CDR Stone flew combat missions in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN. He flew in support of humanitarian relief operations during Operation TOMODACHI.

CDR Stone has a Master of Science in Systems Engineering Management and a certificate in Human Systems Integration from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and 601 carrier arrested landings during six deployments. He is a qualified Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI), Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), Forward Air Controller (Airborne) (FAC(A)), and USAF ACES CHASE Live Fire Missile Chase.

His personal decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, several Strike Flight Air Medals, three USAF Aerial Achievement Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals (one with a combat V), one Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.