Joseph Aucoin

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Joseph Aucoin
Aucoin in 2013
Born (1957-04-25) April 25, 1957 (age 61)
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Years of service 1980–2017
Rank US Navy O9 infobox.svg Vice admiral
Commands held United States Seventh Fleet
Spouse(s) Cassandra Aucoin[1]

Joseph P. Aucoin (born April 25, 1957)[2] is a retired officer of the United States Navy and former commander of the United States Seventh Fleet.[3]


Vice Admiral Aucoin graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and received his commission through the University of North Carolina Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program in 1980. He was designated a naval flight officer in 1981 and reported to Fighter Squadron 101 (VF-101) for initial training in the F-14 Tomcat.[3]

He has served in five different Fleet and Fleet Replacement Squadron F-14 fighter squadrons, to include command of VF-41. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and has also commanded Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5), Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3), and was Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Systems before taking command of U.S. 7th Fleet.

He is also an Arthur S. Moreau Scholar and holds master's degrees in Public Administration from Harvard University and in National Security Studies and Strategic Affairs from the Naval War College.[3]

Speaking at West 2017 Conference in February 2017, Aucoin stated, "If there's a fight tonight, it's probably going to happen on the Korean Peninsula."[4]

Following a collision between the Seventh Fleet destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG-56) and an oil tanker, the second such collision that resulted in fatalities in two months (see also USS Fitzgerald and MV ACX Crystal collision), Aucoin was relieved of his command on August 23, 2017, by Vice Admiral Phillip G. Sawyer, deputy commander of the United States Pacific Fleet, due to "loss of confidence in his ability to command."[5][6][7][8]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Gold star
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Gold star
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Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
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Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.png Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia) ribbon.svg
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg U.S. Navy Expert Rifleman Ribbon.svg U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg
Naval Flight Officer insignia
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star Silver Star
Legion of Merit with three award stars Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat V Bronze Star with award star
Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal with award star Air Medal with two award stars, Combat V and bronze Strike/Flight numeral 8
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V and three award stars Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two award stars Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Navy Unit Commendation with one bronze service star Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Navy "E" Ribbon with two Battle "E" devices
Navy Expeditionary Medal National Defense Service Medal with service star Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with two service stars Kosovo Campaign Medal Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal Humanitarian Service Medal Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two silver and one bronze service stars
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with two service stars NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) Navy Expert Rifleman Medal Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal
Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge


  1. ^ Savage, Lindsey (February 28, 2017). "Military Spouse Professional Development Symposium on March 14". Stripes Japan. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Person Details for Joseph P Aucoin, "United States Public Records, 1970-2009"". Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin". U.S. 7th Fleet. United States Navy. Retrieved 18 June 2017.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Eckstein, Megan (22 February 2017). "'3rd Fleet Forward' One of Several Tools to Deter North Korean Aggression". United States Naval Institute. Retrieved 5 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Martinez, Peter (August 22, 2017). "U.S. Navy to remove commander of 7th Fleet amid latest accidents". CBS News. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ McKirdy, Euan; Lendon, Brad (August 23, 2017). "US Navy 7th Fleet commander to be dismissed, official says". CNN. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ Tomlinson, Lucas (August 22, 2017). "Head of Navy's 7th Fleet to be relieved of duty after second deadly mishap in Pacific". Fox News. Retrieved August 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ Lubold, Gordon (August 22, 2017). "U.S. Navy Relieves Admiral of Command After Collisions". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 23, 2017.