Director of Training
Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center
Captain Kevin Mannix is a native of Lindenhurst, New York and a 1986 graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College with a B.S. in Computer Science/Mathematics and a U.S.C.G 3rd Mates License. He was winged August 1988 in Kingsville, TX, received orders to VA-122 in Lemoore, CA to fly the A-7E Corsair II with an initial fleet assignment to VA 97 “WARHAWKS”. In 1990 he deployed onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) for a WESTPAC and in August 1990 he transferred to VA 46 “CLANSMAN” and deployed again onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
Captain Mannix then reported to VMFAT 101 “SHARPSHOOTERS” at MCAS El Toro, CA as an FRS instructor and Landing Signal Officer (LSO). In June 1993, he reported to Carrier Air Wing 14 as the CAG LSO, deploying twice onboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH (OSW). In July 1996, Captain Mannix then served as Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific (SFWSPAC). In 1998, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA 25) “FIST OF THE FLEET” as department head and deployed onboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) again in support of OSW. In May 2000, he reported back to SFWSPAC, serving as operations officer until October 2002 when he reported to Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet in Bahrain for contingency planning for Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
Captain Mannix’ initial command tour was with VFA 27 “ROYAL MACES” in Atsugi, Japan onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). Under his command, the squadron earned the Battle “E”, CNO Safety “S”, ANA McClusky and Golden Anchor Awards in 2005 and again in 2006. He then served as commanding officer of the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels). While under his command the team was recognized with the prestigious International Council of Air Shows “Sword of Excellence” Award. In January 2010, he reported to CVW 14 and served as the deputy commander while deployed onboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) supporting Operations TOMODACHI, NEW DAWN, and ENDURING FREEDOM and until deactivation in December 2011. He then transferred to CVW 11 serving as deputy commander until assuming command in November 2012. While in command CVW 11 deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the crisis response in Syria.
Captain Mannix has served as a battle director of the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase I through the Air Force Air Command and Staff College, attended the Joint Forces Staff College completing JPME Phase II and in 2012 graduated Summa Cum Laude from Trident University with an MBA in Strategic Leadership. He was the recipient of the Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award in 2001 and 2005 and has accumulated over 6,000 flight hours with 1,328 carrier arrested landings on 12 different carriers. He reported to his current assignment as the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center Director of Training in August 2014.
Here's an interview of Nix at the 2008 Seafair Air Show.