Capt. Jeremy Rifas is a native of Davis, California, and graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in international business in 1996. He completed initial carrier qualification in the T-2C Buckeye and was designated a Naval Aviator in March 1999. In January 2000, he completed initial training in the E-2C Hawkeye.
In his first operational tour with the "Tigertails" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 125, he deployed aboard USS George Washington in support of Operations Southern Watch, Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.
As a T-45 instructor at Training Squadron (VT) 22, his duties included squadron production officer, first-ever Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) E-2/C-2 standardization officer, and landing signals officer.
For his disassociated sea tour, he served as aide-de-camp to the Commander, Joint Command Lisbon/U.S. 6th Fleet/Strike Force NATO/NATO Response Force/Joint Forces Maritime Component Command - Europe/Deputy Commander - Naval Forces Europe in Lisbon, Portugal.
Following a tour as the assistant training officer and Hawkeye instructor pilot with the "Greyhawks" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120, the E-2/C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron, he joined the "Sunkings" of VAW-116 and deployed aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
Rifas served at U.S. Special Operations Command as the Chief of Current Special Operations (J-33) for Europe and NATO as well as assistant to the Chief of Current Special Operations for Africa.
As commanding officer, he led the VAW-113 "Black Eagles," deploying aboard USS Ronald Regan in support of exercises Rim of the Pacific and Southern Seas. Following his CO tour, Rifas served as air boss aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, deploying in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Rifas also served as the N75 at U.S. Fleet Forces Command – Director of US/UK Interoperability, Fleet Battle Problem and Large Scale Exercise (LSE) 2020.
Rifas is a fully qualified joint officer and earned his master's degree in national security and strategic studies as well as full Joint Professional Military Education from the U.S. Naval War College.
Rifas assumed command as commodore, Training Air Wing 4 at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, in June 2020. TRAWING 4 conducts undergraduate primary, intermediate, and advanced flight training for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
Rifas' awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Air Medal (4), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3 awards), Top Hook, and various other campaign and unit awards. He has more than 3,000 flight hours and 650 carrier-arrested landings.