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CAPT James D. Settele, USN (Ret.)

Director,  School of Policy and International Affairs

Captain Jim Settele recently retired from the U.S. Navy after serving more than 27 years on active duty.

Jim graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and reported to Naval Flight Officer training in Pensacola, Florida.  After completing his training in Pensacola, he was assigned to VAW-110, a training squadron at Naval Air Station Miramar in California. While serving at this command, Settele received his wings and became a Naval Flight Officer in January 1984.

Following his tour in California, Settele reported to VAW-115, in Atsugi, Japan, on board USS MIDWAY (CV-41).  In August 1986, Jim returned to the U.S. Naval Academy as a Company Officer, where he also taught leadership courses and completed his Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems at George Washington University.

CAPT Settele returned to sea with VAW-114 aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) and subsequently, in August 1991, transferred to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School as the Anti-Air Warfare and Mobile Training Team Director. While there, he was temporarily assigned to U.S. Naval Central Command in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, for the commencement of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, as the liaison between Navy Battle Groups and Coalition Air Forces.

In October 1993, Settele reported to VAW-113, at NAS Miramar, San Diego.  As the Operations Officer, he completed the first deployment of the E-2C Group II aircraft on board USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

After his department head tour, he reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, D.C. where he served as a Placement Officer for several aviation communities. From July 1997 to June 1998 he attended U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia. After training he joined VAW-126 in Norfolk, VA, as the Executive Officer in April 1999.

In May 2000, Settele took command of VAW-126 and deployed on the maiden voyage of USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75). Following his command tour, he served only three months as Deputy Air Wing Commander for Carrier Air Wing THREE before reporting as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense in October 2001. Settele served with Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for two years during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. He departed the Pentagon in August 2003 to complete a one-year fellowship with St Antony’s College at Oxford University in England.

In 2004, CAPT Settele departed to Naples, Italy, where he served as Director for Operations and Director for Policy and Strategy for the new combined staff of Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Commander, SIXTH Fleet (CNE-C6F).

After leaving Italy, he reported to the NROTC Unit at Maine Maritime Academy/University of Maine/Husson University as Commanding Officer in July 2006.

Captain Settele has over 3,000 flight hours and over 600 carrier-arrested landings. He has decided to remain in beautiful Maine with his wife, Alison, and three daughters – Alex, Rebecca, and Kristen.

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