Rear Adm. John Mustin is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Weapons and Systems Engineering and was commissioned in 1990. He holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master of Business Administration (cum laude) in Finance and Management from the F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He earned his Joint Professional Military Education from the Air University’s Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base.
His initial sea duty assignment was aboard USS Vincennes (CG 49), where he served as combat information center officer, navigator with the USS Independence (CV 62) Battle Group’s Air Warfare Commander. Subsequent sea duty assignments include a tour as the pre-commissioning operations officer onboard USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), where he served as the Navy’s first underway regional air defense commander during the All Services Combat Identification Evaluation Team exercise.
Affiliating with the Navy Reserve in 2001, Mustin served as assistant operations officer at Battle Group Staff 2 in support of USS George Washington (CVN 73) Strike Group during Operation Enduring Freedom. Other staff assignments include tours as the training department head (N7) Navy Reserve (NR) chief of naval operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy (N3N5) at the Pentagon Navy Command Center, deputy commander and plankowner at Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 14, operations officer (N3) at NR Carrier Strike Group 10 in support of USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) Strike Group, and executive officer at Personnel Mobilization Team 101.
His command tours include NR Joint Staff South in Suffolk, Virginia; NR U.S. Fleet Forces Command Maritime Operations Center, Greensboro, North Carolina; NR Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 6 in Portsmouth, Virginia and Inshore Boat Unit 22 in Groton, Connecticut, including a mobilization to Kuwait during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Additionally, he served for two years as the inaugural Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Navy Reserve enterprise director, responsible for the reserve manning, training and equipping of the 1000-billet LCS surface reserve force. In his most recent flag assignment, he served as deputy commander of Naval Surface Forces, spanning the Surface Type Commanders of the U.S. Pacific and Atlantic fleets.
Mustin is a graduate of the Senior Navy Reserve Officer Course and is a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board.
His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), Navy Battle Efficiency ‘E’, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various service, expeditionary, unit and campaign awards. He is authorized to wear the Command Ashore insignia, and Small Craft Insignia as Officer-in-Charge of combatant craft.