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John Ailes, Rear Adm., USN, (Ret.) is a native of New London, Conn. He is a 1985 graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and he holds a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Prior to retirement, he last served as the as deputy commander, Fleet Readiness Directorate, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in March 2016.
Ailes’ decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign, unit and service awards.
His sea tours include Strike Warfare/Communications Officer, USS Bunker Hill (CG-52); Combat Systems Officer, USS Elliot (DD-967); Combat Systems Officer, USS Russell (DDG-59) and Executive Officer, USS Lake Erie (CG-70). Ailes was the commissioning Commanding Officer, USS Chafee (DDG-90).
Ashore, Ailes has served as the test and evaluation manager for the Navy Theater Ballistic Missile Defense Program; Aegis Theater Ballistic Missile Defense warfare area manager; Naval Integrated Fire Control project officer and surface ship combat systems manager in the Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems; commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division; major program manager, Littoral Combat Ship Mission Modules and chief engineer, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
Dawn Cutler, Rear Adm, USN, (Ret.) is a native of Portland, Oregon. She is a 1989 graduate of Oregon State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Prior to retirement, she last served as the U.S. Navy’s Chief of Information. Cutler is the principal spokeswoman for the Department of the Navy and provides strategic counsel to the Secretary of the Navy and the Chief of Naval Operations.
She lead the Navy’s public affairs community consisting of more than 2,500 active and reserve officer, enlisted and civilian communication professionals.
Cutler reported to her first tour as the public affairs, administrative and maintenance
administrative officer for Helicopter Combat Support Squadron ONE in San Diego. She then
served as the public affairs/protocol officer for Commander, Naval Security Group Activity,
Edzell, Scotland; and in 1994, she was assigned as the administrative department head for
Commander, Helicopter Antisubmarine Warfare Wing, Pacific, San Diego. In 1995, she was
accepted for lateral transfer to the Public Affairs community.
She has served in various Public Affairs Officer assignments: TRICARE Region NINE, San
Diego; Commander, Naval Surface Force, Pacific, San Diego; Office of the Chairman, Joint
Chiefs of Staff, the Pentagon; Commander, U.S. Seventh Fleet, Yokosuka, Japan; Commander
Naval Forces Europe & Africa, Naples, Italy; and three tours at CHINFO as a news desk officer,
executive assistant and the deputy Chief of Information.
Cutler’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards),
Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2
awards), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards).