Rear Adm. James Aiken is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at Pennsylvania State University with a degree in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in strategic studies from the Naval War College.
As a surface warfare officer, he commanded USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and Destroyer Squadron 60/Task Force 65.
His assignments at sea include service aboard USS Monongahela (AO(J) 178), USS Virginia (CGN-38), Commander, Carrier Group Two (John F. Kennedy) battle group, USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Normandy (CG 60) and USS Hopper (DDG 70).
Ashore he served as a manpower specialist/detailer at Navy Surface Warfare Manpower Headquarters, Pers 41; deputy executive assistant/administrative aide to the Secretary of the Navy; liaison to the U.S. Senate for the Secretary of Defense; and naval aide and executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller.
Aiken has completed a Legislative Fellowship with Congressman Randy Forbes, Virginia-4/ Chairman, House Armed Services Committee Readiness Sub-Committee.
As a flag officer, he served as deputy director Resources and Acquisition, Joint Staff, J8, Washington, District of Columbia.
Aiken is currently serving as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/commander, U.S. FOURTH Fleet.
Last Updated: 16 September 2021
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