Rear Adm. John Lemmon is a native of Champaign, Illinois and a 1988 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree. He earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School. Lemmon is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Class 107.
After earning his wings as a naval aviator in 1990, he flew the E-2C Hawkeye in support of operations aboard USS Forrestal (CV 59), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), and USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). He also served as commander, Task Group 67.8, Horn of Africa, in support of irregular warfare contingency operations.
His flight test experience includes tours at Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, where he worked on numerous upgrades to E-2 and C-2 aircraft, and later as chief test pilot and commanding officer of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20.
His multiple acquisition tours include serving as the program manager for both the E-2/C-2 Airborne Tactical Data System Program Office (PMA-231) and the Air Warfare Mission Area; from the Air Program Office (PMA-298). He also completed an assignment at the Naval Air Depot, North Island, California, and served as the executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. In his previous assignment, he served as vice commander, Naval Air Systems Command.
He has logged 324 carrier arrested landings and over 3,400 flight hours in multiple aircraft models, including turboprop, jet, helicopter, multi-engine, piston, tail-wheel and sailplane.
Lemmon assumed his current position as commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and assistant commander for Research and Engineering, Naval Air Systems Command, in September 2018.