Rear Adm. George M. Wikoff is a native of New Brunswick, New Jersey and a 1990 graduate of the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in Financial Management. He received his commission through the George Washington University NROTC program, earned a Master of Science in Operational Management from the University of Arkansas, and is a Joint Specialty Officer.
Wikoff was designated a naval aviator at Naval Air Station Meridian in February 1993. He served operationally as an F-14 pilot in Fighter Squadron (VF) 102 onboard USS America (CV 66) and as department head with VF-154 in Atsugi, Japan on USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). Command assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211 “Checkmates”, where he deployed onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles”, the west coast Strike Fighter Fleet Replacement Squadron, and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, deployed onboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Wikoff’s shore assignments include the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, as TOPGUN training officer; Naval Personnel Command, as placement officer for the Tomcat and Super Hornet communities; Joint Staff, as an action officer in the Operations Directorate, Deputy Directorate for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense (J-34); chief of naval operations staff as air warfare special programs requirements officer (N88); battle director at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar; U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain as chief of staff and maritime operations center director, executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and most recently, assistant director for Global Integration and Current Operations, J3, Joint Staff.
Wikoff assumed the duties of Commander, Battle Force U.S. Seventh Fleet, Task Force Seven Zero, Carrier Strike Group Five on September 29, 2019.