Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law

Captain James V. Pendley, USN (Ret)

Class of 1968 Sr. Military Instructor of Leadership

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6053
  •  E-mail:
    •   Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law,Luce Hall(Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402-5022

Jim Pendley is a native of Dayton, Texas and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 1979. Following designation as a Naval Aviator, he flew the SH-3 Sea King helicopter (and later, the SH-60F and HH-60H helicopters.) Over the next 18 years, he made seven deployments, mostly in carrier based Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadrons (HS-1, 5, 7, 9 and 5 again.)

He had the privilege of serving as the Commanding Officer of the HS-5 Nightdippers, deploying with Carrier Airwing SEVEN aboard the carrier USS John C. Stennis for her maiden deployment. In 1998, he reported to the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy as the Navigation Officer, where he had the opportunity of steaming again to the Arabian Gulf, completing his eighth and final deployment.

Following selection for Major Command, he served as the Commander of the HS Wing in Jacksonville, Florida. Captain Pendley reported next to the Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the Operations Officer. In August 2004, Captain Pendley reported to the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida where he served as the Professor of Naval Science, as well as the unit Commanding Officer. As the Professor of Naval Science, he enjoyed teaching both Military Ethics and Military Leadership, to Navy and Marine officer candidates and midshipmen.

In August 2007, Captain Pendley reported to the Naval Personnel Command, where his team was responsible for the assignments of over one third of the U.S. Navy's officer corps. Captain Pendley retired in October of 2009, having had the privilege of serving in uniform for over thirty-four years.

His awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and other individual and unit awards. Captain Pendley has flown over 4300 hours in H-3 and H-60 helicopters.

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