Rear Adm. Greg “Fence” Fenton was raised in Grand Ledge, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and the United States Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering. He also attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School, the Air Force Air War College, the Joint and Combined Arms Warfighting School and the Naval Nuclear Power Training Command.
His shore assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106, serving as a flight instructor. He served two tours with the Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, as Carrier Suitability Department head and as head of the Ordnance Department. He also executed the Navy’s flight tests of the Lockheed-Martin X-35C Joint Strike Fighter concept development aircraft. Most recently, he served as the Navy’s director of operations and plans, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N31.
Operational assignments include a junior officer tour with VFA-137, a department head tour with VFA-105, and executive and commanding officer tours with VFA-87. He served as executive officer of USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), and commanded USS Denver (LPD-9). He served as Chief of Staff for Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa prior to commanding USS George Washington (CVN-73), the Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier.
Fenton assumed the duties as commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan/commander, Navy Region Japan/Commander, Task Force 7 Japan in June 2017.
Personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (with Combat Distinguishing Device and First Strike Flight devices), the Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal and several other personal and service awards. He was the 1999 Michael J. Hoff Attack Aviator of the Year, the Vice Admiral Behrens award winner at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command and the 2014 Tailhook Association “Tailhooker of the Year.” He has earned Battle Efficiency Awards while commanding VFA-87, USS Denver and consecutive awards while commanding USS George Washington.