Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Cook, USN (Ret.)
Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command
Jeffrey’s Trident Scholar research was titled, “The Effects of Heterogeneous Seeding on the Condensation of Pure Vapor in Nozzles."
Raised in Medfield, Massachusetts, Rear Admiral Cook attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he served as Brigade Commander and graduated fifth in the Class of 1968. Following graduation he immediately enrolled at North Carolina State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering the following year. He then entered the Navy’s flight training program.
Rear Admiral Cook earned his Navy wings in 1970. Following training in the F-4 Phantom II, he was assigned to Fighter Squadron Forty One based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana. His next assignment was at the Pacific Missile Test Center (PMTC), where he served as a Sparrow and AMRAAM missile project officer. While at PMTC, he transitioned to the F-14 Tomcat aircraft. Rear Admiral Cook then served with the Fighter Squadron One Forty-Two also based out of NAS OCeana. At the completion of his tour, he was selected as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO). His first assignment as an AEDO was at the Naval Aviation Depot in Norfolk, Virginia, where he was the F-14 project officer, and later the Engineering and Quality Assurance Department Head.
In 1983, Rear Admiral Cook was assigned to the Naval Air Systems command and he immediately completed the Defense Systems Management College Program Manager’s Course. Since then he has served as an F/A-18 Deputy Program Manager, the Executive Assistant to the Commander, the A-12 Chief Engineer (Class Desk), the AFX Program Manager and the Joint advanced Strike Technology Transition Team Leader.
In February 1994, Rear Admiral Cook was assigned to the staff of the Program Executive Office for tactical Air Programs where he served as the Operations Officer and acting Principal Deputy. In November 1995, he was appointed as the Program Executive Officer for Tactical Aircraft Programs.
Rear Admiral Cook’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, Navy Unit commendation and the Meritorious Unit Commendation.