Captain Jeff Trent attended Jacksonville University, graduating in 1986 with a BS degree in Computer Science and earning a commission through the NROTC program. He was designated a Naval Aviator in December 1987. Capt. Trent earned an MS degree in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University in 2001.
Capt. Trent has completed operational assignments with the “Wallbangers” of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 117 (VAW-117), including deployments aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72); Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW-11) as Staff Landing Signal Officer (LSO), deploying again in Abraham Lincoln where he was recognized as the 1994 Pacific Fleet LSO of the Year; and with the “Golden Hawks” of VAW-112 deployed aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68).
Capt. Trent has commanded VAW-112 deployed aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), the “Greywhawks” of VAW-120, and Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1) aboard Enterprisewhere he deployed twice to the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
His shore tours include Flag Aide to the Chief of Naval Operations; joint education at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces; Officer in Charge of the US Navy LSO School; and instructor pilot and Training LSO with the “Firebirds” of VAW-110. Capt. Trent completed a joint assignment in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J-5) of the Joint Staff serving as politico-military affairs officer for China, Taiwan, and Afghanistan where he was recognized as the J-5 Action Officer of the Year for 2005. He also served as a Battle Director in the Combined Air and Space Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.
Capt. Trent most recently served as a CNO Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group in Newport, RI.
Capt. Trent has accumulated more than 4,400 flight hours and 600 carrier arrested landings. He is a three-time recipient of the peer-selected Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award and is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three), and various unit, campaign and service awards.