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James Angel

James Angel

Deputy Commodore, Military Sealift command Europe and Africa, Task Force 63

 Commander Angel was born in Longview, WA to parents Troy and Pamela Angel.  He has two younger sisters, Kassie and Felicia.  After moving around as a child, he returned to Longview and graduated from Mark Morris High School in 2002.

 He attended Jacksonville University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in History and commissioned through the NROTC program in 2007.  He was selected for Aviation and reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command at NAS Pensacola in June 2007.  After completing Primary flight training with VT-6 and Advanced Rotary-Wing flight training with HT-28 at NAS Whiting Field, he earned his “Wings of Gold” in May 2009.  He was assigned to the HSC community and completed his initial MH-60S training with HSC-3 at NAS North Island.

After completing his training at HSC-3, he reported to the Island Knights of HSC-25 at Anderson, AFB Guam in January 2010.  He deployed to Basrah, Iraq with the 2515 Naval Air Ambulance Detachment (NAAD) from May to December 2010 in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.  From December 2011 to June 2012 he was deployed with DET-6 to Iwakuni, Japan in support of the USS ESSEX (LHD-2) and the 31st MEU.  During his tour with HSC-25 he held positions as the 2515th NAAD assistant Admin Officer, First Lieutenant, DET-6 Operations Officer, and the command Legal Officer.    

In January 2013 he reported to the Hellions of HT-28 at NAS Whiting Field as a flight instructor.  He held positions as the Ground Safety Officer, TH-57C Contact Standardization Officer, Instrument Standardization Officer, and Navigation Standardization Officer.  In addition, he was qualified as a Standardization Instructor in the TH-57B Contact, and Night Vision Device training syllabi.  

CDR Angel reported to the USS NEW ORLEANS (LPD-18) in February of 2016 as the “Air Boss.”  He deployed to the 5th Fleet AOR with the USS BOXER (LHD-4) Amphibious Ready Group and the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  He also served as the ship’s Safety Officer during an 18-month dry-dock maintenance availability.

After selection as an Aviation Department Head, he reported to the Vigilant Eagles of HT-18 in July 2018.  He served as the Student Control Officer and Operations Officer, overseeing the designation of more than 150 Naval Aviators during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

In April 2021 he reported to CTF-63 as the Future Plans and Policy Director where he completely overhauled the long-range schedule, and increased CTF-63’s participation in NATO, EUCOM, and AFRICOM exercises.  Following the breakout of war in Ukraine, he was assigned the additional role of Surface Operations Officer and has managed an OPTEMPO increase of 400% in the last two years.  In June 2023 he was assigned the position of Deputy Commodore for CTF-63 where he oversees the operations of more than 10 ships and six aircraft on any given day, as well as the management of a 65-person staff spread throughout Europe.

He is authorized to wear the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (2), Navy Achievement Medal (2), and various other personal and unit awards.  He is married to his wife of 10 years, Morgan, and they have three children, Owen, Clare, and Eliza.  He is an avid golfer, and enjoys traveling and cooking.