Joshua Oakes

Commanding Officer - Mid America

08 April 2022

Cmdr. Joshua Oakes
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 16, 2022) Navy Talent Acquisition Group Mid America’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Joshua Oakes, poses for an official Navy photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Williamson)
Cmdr. Joshua Oakes
220916-N-JH293-1003
ST. LOUIS (Sept. 16, 2022) Navy Talent Acquisition Group Mid America’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Joshua Oakes, poses for an official Navy photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chris Williamson)
Photo By: Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Wi
VIRIN: 220916-N-JH293-1003

Born in Fullerton, California and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Commander Joshua Oakes graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and received his commission into the Naval service through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 2003.

 

After commissioning, Cmdr. Oakes reported to USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) as combat information center officer, deploying to 5th and 6th fleet in support of anti-piracy operations off the horn of Africa and West African training cruise. He then reported to USS Stethem (DDG 63), home-ported in Yokosuka, Japan as a part of the U.S. forward deployed Naval forces. Oakes reported onboard USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) in March 2011 as weapons officer with a follow on tour as combat systems officer, and completed her maiden deployment, in which he returned to the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of operations.

 

On shore, Commander Oakes served at Operational Test and Evaluation Force, OPNAV N96 and most recently the Surface Warfare Officers School in the Fleet Training Directorate. While on shore duty, he received an master of Business Administration from UMASS Amherst as well as Joint Professional Military Education.

 

Commander Oakes’ personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign decorations.