Rear Adm. John F. Weigold is a Connecticut native and the son of a Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT)/Frogman veteran. He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College and the Joint Forces Staff College.
Following Surface Warfare Officer (Basic) School in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1984, he reported to USS John King (DDG 3) in Norfolk for tours as gunnery officer and damage control assistant, auxiliaries and electrical officer. In 1987, reported aboard USS Caron (DD 970), also in Norfolk, as navigator and administration/personnel officer.
Weigold has commanded seven Reserve units including USS Belknap (CG 26); Fleet Training Group Guantanamo Bay Det. 102; Afloat Training Group Mayport Det. 201; U.S. Southern Command; Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 Det. 316; Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet; and U.S. European Command Det. 0193. Other reserve unit assignments include Iceland Defense Force and United States Forces Korea Det.102.
Weigold was recalled to active duty in June 2006 as the assistant chief of staff for operations (N3) for Commander, Naval Forces Korea in Seoul, South Korea. He has also served on active duty in various joint, combined and coalition activities and exercises throughout the United States, Asia, South America, Europe and the Atlantic, Pacific, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.
As a flag officer, Weigold was assigned to his most recent role as reserve deputy commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet in December 2015. His previous flag assignments include service as the deputy commander, U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan, and as deputy director, Operations at U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Among his military decorations, Weigold has been the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Army Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit and individual service awards.
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