Admiral Jeff Hughes is a native of Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, and a 1988 graduate of Duke University
with a bachelor of science in mechanical
engineering. He was designated a naval aviator in
September 1989 and has flown the MH-60R and SH-60B
Seahawk helicopters throughout his career.
His sea duty assignments include his initial
squadron and detachment OIC/department head tours
with the Swamp Foxes of Helicopter Anti-Submarine
Squadron Light (HSL) 44 where he deployed in
(FFG 52), USS Elrod (FFG 55) and USS
John Hancock (DD 981), supporting Strike Group
deployments with the
(CV 66) and
F. Kennedy (CV 67). He was named HSL 44
Pilot of the Year and was the co-recipient of the
Commanding Officerís Helmsman Award for calendar
year (CY) 1993. He also served as the flag
lieutenant to Commander, Carrier Group 4, where he
embarked all six East Coast Aircraft Carriers in
support of six intermediate and advanced phase
Strike Group underway training (C2X/JTFEX) periods.
He served as the executive officer then the 14th
commanding officer of the Fighting Vipers of HSL-48.
He was the Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing, U.S.
Atlantic Fleet recipient of the Navy and Marine
Association peer-selected leadership award for CY
He also served as the commander, Helicopter Maritime
Strike Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet during a period of
significant transition and growth in the HSM
His shore assignments include: Navy Space Commandís
Detachment Alfa officer-in-charge, Assistant
Aviation Captain Detailer and HSL/HS Placement
officer in Navy Personnel Command (PERS 43),
division chief for Africa in the Strategic Plans and
Policy Directorate (J5) of the Joint Staff and
recently as the executive assistant to the director,
Air Warfare (OPNAV N98).
He graduated with distinction from the Naval War
College in Newport, Rhode Island, receiving a master
of arts in national security and strategic studies
and full joint professional military education
Hughes began serving as the 21st commander
of the Navy Recruiting Command on September 4, 2015.
His decorations include the Defense Superior Service
Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious
Service Medal (two awards) and various other
personal, unit, service and campaign awards.
He is proud to have served on teams that have
received numerous unit commendations and Battle