Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 11 (CPRW-11) welcomes new leadership during a change of command ceremony aboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville June 7.
Capt. Craig Mattingly, an Austin, Kentucky native, assumes command of the largest P-8A Poseidon, P-3C Orion and MQ-4 Triton Wing from Capt. Jim Robinson Jr. who has commanded CPRW-11 the last 17 months.
When asked about his plans following the change of command, Mattingly said, “Our focus will be to take care of our most precious assets, the men and women of CPRW-11. We will sustain current readiness of our P-8A squadrons and reserve P-3C squadron while incorporating the MQ-4C Triton into the maritime patrol and reconnaissance force.”
In 1987, Mattingly left the family dairy farm to enlist as an aviation anti-submarine warfare operator in the Navy. He is a 1995 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography. He also holds a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
His flying tours include Patrol Squadron (VP) 50 during his enlisted days, and as a naval flight officer (NFO) with VP-8 and VP-26 at NAS Brunswick, Maine, as a fleet instructor with VP-30 at NAS Jacksonville and command of VP-9 at Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Additional operational tours include flag aide to Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet (C6F)/Commander, Striking and Support Forces NATO/Commander, Joint Command Lisbon, Portugal; C6F N5 Theater Security Cooperation officer, Gaeta, Italy; special assistant to Commander, Naval Forces Europe/Commander, Allied Joint Force Command, Naples, Italy and N3 operations officer and chief staff officer for Commander, Task Force 72, Misawa, Japan.
Robinson, a native of Modesto, California, took command of CPRW-11 as the 56th commodore in 2017. When asked to reflect on his time in command, Robinson said, “The most memorable part has been the people. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a group of fantastic individuals.”
In 1983, Robinson enlisted in the Navy and served in the USS Florida (SSGN 728 Gold) submarine and research submersible, NR-1. During this time, he earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Sociology and Nuclear Technology. In 1991, he was promoted to chief petty officer and soon after accepted an appointment to Aviation Officer Candidate School. He commissioned in 1992 and was designated a NFO in 1993.
As an aviator, he served with VP-40, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, and then continued flying as a fleet instructor at VP-30. As the subject matter expert for the Stand-Off Attack Missile (SLAM), he participated in SLAM Strikes during the air campaign in Kosovo. Robinson returned to VP-40 as the first Maritime Patrol Aviation “Super JO”, serving as the tactics department head. His operational department head tour was with VP-46, also at NAS Whidbey Island, and commanding officer of VP-10 at NAS Jacksonville, leading the squadron to earn the Golden Wrench for maintenance and the COMNAVAIRLANT Battle “E”.
As he thought about his original plans following the 2017 change of command, he focused on being complete with the transition to the P-8A platform, “We were at a great spot then and we continued that excellence and focused on taking our community to the next level on the tactical front – thanks to the hard work and dedication of the people of CPRW-11, we did just that,” he said.
CPRW-11 squadrons include VP-5, VP-8, VP-10, VP-16, VP-26, VP-45 and VP-62, along with Unmanned Patrol Squadron 19. During his term, Robinson oversaw continuous squadron deployments, along with supporting TacMobile units engaged in various areas of responsibility. Most recently, the squadrons, under his leadership, assisted in humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
After relinquishing command at CPRW-11, Robinson will serve as the chief of staff for Commander 4th Fleet, Naval Station Mayport.