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Commanding Officer

Commander Dennis "Leno" Duffy II, United States Navy


Commanding Officer


A native of Valley Center, California, Commander Duffy was commissioned via the U.S. Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. After graduation, Commander Duffy completed flight training in Texas and earned the designation of Naval Aviator in January of 2002 


Commander Duffy reported to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 for initial F/A-18 flight training. Upon completion he was assigned to the VFA-113 Stingers. He served in the Stingers from 2003-2006. In that time he deployed for a WESTPAC on the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74). He also deployed aboard the USS RONALD REGAN (CVN 76) flying combat sorties in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.


In September 2006 Commander Duffy graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and took follow on orders to the “Outlaws” of Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific in Lemoore, California, where he served as SFTI until Jan 2009. Commander Duffy next served in the Argonauts of VFA-147 as Training Officer from January 2009 to January 2010. In his time he completed a WESTPAC deployment on USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74).


In March 2010 Commander Duffy reported as a Department Head to the Royal Maces of VFA-27 in Atsugi, Japan. He completed three WESTPAC deployments in his tenure aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73). 


In November 2012, Commander Duffy returned to Lemoore and joined the “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122 as an instructor pilot. During this time he served as Training Officer and Operations Officer. 


Commander Duffy reported to the World Famous Golden Dragons of VFA-192 in October 2014 as Executive Officer. He served as the Golden Dragon’s Commanding Officer from October 2015 – January 2017.  


Following his Command tour, he reported to the Pentagon as the TACAIR Analyst in the Navy’s Programming Division, N80. He achieved escape velocity in a mere 6 months and reported as Commanding Officer of VFA-122 in November of 2017.


Commander Duffy’s personal awards include Strike/Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medals, Meritorious Service Medal and various unit and campaign decorations. 











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