Rear Adm. Mike Crane is a 1984 graduate of Virginia Tech. He then worked as a civil engineer through 1986. He was commissioned an ensign in December 1986 through Aviation Officer Candidate School. He was designated a naval aviator in October 1988. His education includes Joint Professional Military Education and a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Navy War College.
His career as a naval aviator includes assignments at Fighter Squadron (VF) 101, VF-143, VF-43, Fighter Squadron Composite (VFC) 12, Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 56, return to VFC-12 and culminated in command of VFC-12. Subsequent command tours include Navy Reserve (NR) Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command’s Expeditionary Training Group and NR U.S Fleet Forces Command (USFFC) Joint Task Force Det. 100.
Non-command tours include NR commander 2nd Fleet (C2F), Joint Forces Air Component commander, Reserve Component (RC) director for the merger of USFFC and C2F, RC USFFC and C2F chief staff officer, and NR Chief of Naval Operations, Operations and Plans (N3/N5) chief staff officer. He served on active duty as the director of Operations for the Air Launched Weapons Team to manage weapons readiness as an Enterprise under Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF). Additionally, he served as a facilitator for CNAF’s Character and Integrity Initiative.
Promoted to flag rank in October 2013, Crane served as deputy commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic through October 2015.
He has accumulated over 3500 flight hours in multiple U.S. Navy aircraft. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and other personal and unit awards and citations.