Rear Adm. Thomas Marotta, a New Jersey native and 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was designated a naval aviator in March 1987.
Flying the F-14 Tomcat, Marotta twice deployed with Fighter Squadron (VF) 21 to the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean, the second in support of Operation Desert Shield. In 1991, Marotta reported for instructor duty with the “Gunfighters” of VF-124, where he was chosen by his peers as the 1992 Pacific Fleet F-14 Instructor of the Year. In 1994, Marotta became CAG Paddles for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14, completing his third deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch.
Marotta left active service in 1995 and affiliated with VF-201 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Dallas. He remained with the “Hunters” as they moved to NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base and transitioned to the F/A-18 Hornet. He took command of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 201 in March 2002. The squadron was mobilized in October 2002 and deployed on USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Subsequent command tours include Navy Reserve (NR) CV NE 0209, a unit supporting Atlantic Fleet carriers, NR Task Force Casualty in support of Navy Casualty Assistance and POW/MIA Affairs, NR Commander Naval Forces Europe/Commander 6th Fleet Maritime Partnership Program Detachment 513 conducting international engagement operations in the Black/Caspian Sea Region and deputy commander, Navy Reserve Component Command Southeast. Promoted in October 2013, Marotta served as deputy commander, Navy Recruiting Command.
Marotta has completed Capstone, the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) program, the Reserve Component National Security Course, the Joint Forces Reserve Officer Orientation Course (JFROC) and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Black Sea Security Course.
Marotta has logged over 3,300 hours and 500 carrier landings in Navy aircraft. He has been awarded the Legion of Merit (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), Navy Expert Pistol Medal and numerous service medals and unit citations.