Manazir, the son of a United States Marine, entered the U.S. Naval Academy from Mission Viejo, Calif., and graduated in 1981. He earned his naval aviation wings in April 1983 and deployed in the F-14A in July 1984.
Manazir commanded the Tomcatters of Fighter Squadron (VF) 31 (June 1997 - September 1998), USS Sacramento (AOE1) (January 2003 - July 2004) and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) (March 2007 - August 2009).
Prior to squadron command, his afloat tours included service as a fighter pilot and landing signal officer aboard various aircraft carriers on the west coast. Following Navy nuclear power training, Manazir served as the executive officer of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) (July 2001 - December 2002).
Ashore, Manazir served as an action officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; on the chief of naval operations staff as F-14 requirements Officer; and, for the Commander, Naval Air Forces, as the assistant chief of staff for Readiness.
As a flag officer, Manazir served as director, Strike Aircraft, Weapons, and Carrier programs on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff (N880) from August 2009 to September 2011.
Manazir qualified in the F-14A/D and F/A-18E/F aircraft and has flown more than 3,750 hours and 1,200 arrested landings during 15 deployments aboard aircraft carriers on both coasts.
He is the recipient of various personal and campaign awards including the Legion of Merit (5), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), and Strike/Flight Air Medal (2). In 2007, Manazir was recognized as the Tailhooker of the Year by the Tailhook Association. Manazir has been married for 31 years and has two grown children.
Manazir assumed command of Carrier Strike Group Eight in October 2011. He has been selected to two-star rank.