Capt. John Lemmon is a native of Champaign, Ill., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1988, was designated a naval aviator in 1990, and is a graduate of the United States Test Pilot School.
He earned a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography, attended the Naval Postgraduate School, earned a Master in Systems Engineering and Analysis degree, and is qualified in Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Level III Program Management, Test and Evaluation, and Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering.
During his operational tours with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 122 and VAW-124, he flew the E-2C Hawkeye and served aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71). He also served as the VAW-123 assistant maintenance officer, safety officer and maintenance officer, and deployed with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67).
Lemmon has marked more than 3,400 total flight hours, completing 324 carrier arrested landings on nine carriers. He has flight time in aircraft models including jet, helicopter, multi-engine, turboprop, piston, tail-wheel and sailplane.
His ashore tours include service in several acquisition assignments to the Program Executive Office, Tactical Aircraft Programs, with the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., in the E-2/C-2 Program Office (PMA-231). Lemmon served as the E-2/C-2 Chief Test Pilot, Naval Air Depot, North Island, Calif., and the Chief Test Pilot and Commanding Officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20, from November 2006 to December 2009.
He served as Commander, Task Group 67.8, Horn of Africa, in a forward-deployed assignment, before returning to his shore assignment as the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye integrated product team co-lead in PMA-231. Lemmon was named PMA-231 program manager in May 2012.
His personal decorations include three Meritorious Service Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various other unit and service awards.