Rear Adm. John Ring is a native of San Diego and was commissioned in 1988 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Arizona after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science. He holds a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air Command and Staff College and in Public Administration from Auburn University. He was designated as a naval flight officer (NFO) in May 1990.
Ring’s command tours include USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Comstock (LSD 45) and the Black Eagles of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113.
Ring served at sea with VAW-123 on board USS America (CV-66) during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was selected to serve as the Air Defense Officer on board USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) and USS Port Royal (CG-73) where he qualified in Surface Warfare. Additional sea duty assignments include VAW-112, Carrier Strike Force Training Pacific and as the executive officer of USS Nimitz.
Ashore, his assignments included Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS), Joint Theater Air and Missile Defense Office (JTAMDO), Joint Staff, J8 Directorate where he worked Ballistic Missile Defense issues and was aircraft carrier requirements officer for Commander, Naval Air Forces Atlantic. Ring currently serves as the commander for Joint Task Force Guantanamo, comprised of some 1,900 personnel charged with the safe, humane and legal care and custody of law of armed conflict detainees. He assumed command in April 2018 following assignment as the executive assistant to the director, Air Warfare (OPNAV N98).
Ring’s awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medals, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and other various personal and campaign medals. Ring was recognized as Hawkeye NFO of the Year and awarded the Navy and Marine Association peer selected leadership award.