Rear Adm. John Ailes is a 1985 graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and he was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
His sea tours include strike warfare/communications officer, USS Bunker Hill (CG 52); combat systems officer, USS Elliot (DD 967); combat systems officer, USS Russell (DDG 59) and executive officer, USS Lake Erie (CG 70). Ailes was the commissioning commanding officer, USS Chafee (DDG 90).
Ashore, Ailes has served as the test and evaluation manager for the Navy Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Program; Aegis Theater Ballistic Missile Defense warfare area manager; Naval Integrated Fire Control project officer and surface ship combat systems manager in the Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems; commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division; major program manager, Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules and chief engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
He assumed his current position as deputy commander, Fleet Readiness Directorate, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in March 2016.
Ailes’ decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign, unit and service awards.