Captain Cory R. Howes
Captain Cory R. Howes graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a degree in Systems Engineering. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in March 1995.
Captain Howes’ career includes multiple tours in naval aviation, special operations, and Navy installations. He commanded Naval Support Activity, Bahrain and the VQ-1 “World Watchers” in Whidbey Island, Washington. During his squadron command tour, VQ-1 was awarded the Battle E, Golden Wrench, and Retention Excellence.
Captain Howes’ flying assignments began with the VQ-5 “Sea Shadows” in Coronado, California flying the ES-3A. During this tour, he completed deployments with USS Constellation (CV-64) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Following transition to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance (MPR) community, Captain Howes flew the P-3C and EP-3E with the VPU-1 “Old Buzzards” in Brunswick, Maine and VQ-2 “Rangers” in Rota, Spain. During these tours he flew combat missions in Operations Desert Fox, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom.
Other assignments include two tours with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During these tours he completed deployments as the Joint Air Component Commander for a Special Operations Task Force conducting combat operations in CENTCOM and AFRICOM. He also served at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) in Chantilly, Virginia. During his tour he received the 2001 NRO Director’s Circle Award and the NRO Superior Service Medal. Prior to his command tour in Bahrain, he served as Deputy Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. Captain Howes took command of the Naval Academy Prep School on July 7, 2017.
Captain Howes has flown over 3,000 hours in variants of the S-3 and P-3 aircraft. He holds subspecialties in Information Operations, Space Systems Engineering, and Financial Management. He also received a Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University.
His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (four), Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (four), Joint Commendation Medal (two), and Navy Commendation Medal (four) as well as various campaign and unit awards. During his squadron command tour, he was selected by his peers to receive the Navy and Marine Corps Leadership Award.