Rear Adm. John F. G. Wade, a native of Port Washington, New York, earned his Bachelor’s in Economics from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1990. He holds a Master’s in Information Systems Technology from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master’s in National Security Strategy from the National War College in Washington, District of Columbia.
His assignments at sea include tours aboard USS Arthur W. Radford (DD 968), USS Benfold (DDG 68) and executive officer of USS Cape St. George (CG 71). He commanded USS Firebolt (PC 10), USS Preble (DDG 88) and Destroyer Squadron 28.
Over the course of his career he completed multiple deployments supporting overseas operations to include Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Ashore, Wade served on the personal staff of the chief of naval operations; executive assistant to the director of the Quadrennial Defense Review Team; deputy executive assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and chief of staff to Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He also served with the Army’s 10th Mountain and 82nd Airborne Divisions as commanding officer, Joint/Interagency Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), Khost, Afghanistan. His most recent assignment was as commander, Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center and as the Navy's Global Mine Warfare Commander.
Wade assumed command of Carrier Strike Group 12 in May 2018.
Personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Combat Action Badge and various meritorious, service and campaign awards. He is also the recipient of the Vice Admiral E.C. Waller and Vice Admiral John D. Bulkeley leadership awards.