CAPT Joseph J. Grosel, USN (Ret)
Captain Grosel is a 1973 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research. He was awarded his Naval Aviator wings in 1975 and assigned to VAW-123 flying the E-2C HAWKEYE. While serving with the Screwtops he made two Mediterranean deployments in USS SARATOGA (CV-60). He then served as an instructor pilot in RVAW-120, the E-2/C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron.
Captain Grosel returned to the World Famous Screwtops for his department head tour making three deployments embarked in USS AMERICA (CV-66). He then served as Head, Airborne Early Warning Systems OT&E for Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force and participated in the early testing of the E-2C Group I and Group II airframe and weapon systems. Then back to sea as VAW-122 Executive Officer and assuming command of the Fightin’ Bitin’ STEELJAWS in 1989. The squadron made two Indian Ocean deployments supporting EARNEST WILL operations and two North Atlantic NATO cruises in USS FORRESTAL and during this tour, Captain Grosel was recognized as the first Naval Aviator to attain 5000 flight hours in the E-2C aircraft.
Following his command tour, Captain Grosel was assigned to the staff of Commander, Carrier Group FIVE/CTF-70/CTF-77 homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. He served as the Arabian Gulf Battle Force CIC/AAW Officer and Battle Watch Captain during DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM while embarked in USS MIDWAY. He then assumed duties as Assistant Operations and Plans Officer for the staff and participated in operations FIERY VIGIL and SOUTHERN WATCH during subsequent WESTPAC and Southwest Asia deployments in USS MIDWAY and USS INDEPENDENCE.
After graduation from the Naval War College with his Masters, Captain Grosel assumed command of Training Air Wing FOUR. As Commodore, he implemented the initial joint advanced pilot training program for the Navy and Air Force. He was then assigned as Chief of Staff, Commander, Fleet Air Mediterranean, Naples, Italy where he led the consolidation and reorganization of all naval logistic forces and bases in the European Theater and also commanded NSA Naples, Italy. His final tour was as Executive Officer and Director of Training at Tactical Training Group, Atlantic.
Upon retirement from active service, Mr. Grosel accepted a position with Old Dominion University as Program Manager for the Student, Faculty and Fellows, Engineering & Technical Services division supporting U.S. Joint Forces Command.