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CAPT Joshua F. Wenker

Commanding Officer, USS Anchorage (LPD 23)

18 January 2024
Captain Joshua F. Wenker
Captain Joshua F. Wenker
Captain Joshua F. Wenker
Captain Joshua F. Wenker
Captain Joshua F. Wenker
Photo By: CNSP
VIRIN: 240205-N-N0831-0002
Captain Wenker, a native of Tinley Park, Illinois, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in History.  He earned his wings of gold in 2001 as an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer (NFO) while assigned to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120.  Additional educational accomplishments include graduation from the United States Naval War College in 2012, where he received a Master of Arts in Defense and Strategic Studies with Highest Distinction, Navy Nuclear Power School and Nuclear Prototype in 2019, and Joint Forces Staff College in 2023.  
Most recently, Captain Wenker served as Executive Officer of USS NIMITZ (CVN 68).  Previously, his career as a Naval Aviator included assignments as Safety Officer with VAW-117, Maintenance Officer with VAW-113, and Commanding Officer of VAW-116.  During those tours, he completed numerous deployments aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), flying and leading missions in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN, INHERENT RESOLVE and TOMODACHI.
Ashore, he was assigned to VAW-120 as an Instructor NFO and Assistant Operations Officer; Commander Naval Forces Africa as the East Africa Desk Officer; Flag Aide to Commander US SIXTH Fleet and Joint Command Lisbon; USNORTHCOM, J55, as the Lead Planner for Homeland Defense; and as the Federal Executive Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Strategic Studies Program. 
Captain Wenker has accumulated more than 2,200 flight hours, 400 carrier arrested landings, and 80 combat sorties.  His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Strike Flight Air Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and various other unit citations and campaign ribbons.


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