Rear Adm. John F. Weigold is a native of Greenwich, Connecticut, and the son of a Navy UDT/Frogman veteran. He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Following Surface Warfare Officer (Basic) School in Newport, R.I., in 1984, he reported to USS John King (DDG 3) in Norfolk for tours as Gunnery Officer and Damage Control Assistant, Auxiliaries and Electrical Officer. In 1987, reported on board USS Caron (DD 970), also in Norfolk, as Navigator and Administration/Personnel Officer.
Weigold has commanded seven Reserve units, including USS Belknap (CG 26), Fleet Training Group Guantanamo Bay Detachment 102, Afloat Training Group Mayport Detachment 201, U.S. Southern Command, Amphibious Construction Battalion ONE Detachment 316, Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, and U.S. European Command Detachment 0193. Other reserve unit assignments include Iceland Defense Force and United States Forces Korea Detachment 102.
Weigold was recalled to active duty in June 2006 as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (N3) for Commander, Naval Forces Korea in Seoul, South Korea. He has also served on active duty in various joint, combined and coalition activities and exercises throughout the United States, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.
As a flag officer, Weigold was assigned as Deputy Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet in June 2011. He assumed his current assignment as Deputy Director, Operations at U.S. Pacific Command in September 2013.
Weigold is a member of the Secretary of the Navy National Navy Reserve Policy Board.
Among his military decorations, Weigold has been the recipient of the Legion of Merit (two), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two), the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and individual service awards.