Command Leadership

Captain John D. LeVoy, USN

Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, University of Florida

A native of the Chicago area, Captain LeVoy graduated from Duke University in 1999 with a degree in English and received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Quinnipiac University and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the Air War College.

After completing initial flight training, Captain LeVoy received his Naval Flight Officer wings and reported to Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) in Brunswick, Maine. He qualified as a P-3C Orion Tactical Coordinator and deployed to the Caribbean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, West Africa, Western Pacific Ocean, and Indian Ocean during his initial tour with the VP-8 Fighting Tigers. His subsequent operational assignments included a tour as the operations administrative assistant aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65), and as a department head in VP-8, with deployments to the Arabian Gulf and the Western Pacific Ocean. Captain LeVoy later commanded VUP-19, the U.S. Navy’s first operational unmanned aerial vehicle squadron, operating MQ-4C Triton aircraft in multiple locations in the U.S. and worldwide.

Captain LeVoy’s shore assignments included: operations officer at Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet Detachment Kadena in Okinawa, Japan; flag aide to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; training and readiness branch chief at U.S. Central Command; and Officer-in-Charge, MQ-4C Fleet Introduction Team. Most recently he served as Commander, Task Force Shore Battle Space and as Officer-in-Charge, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Central Detachment Central in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.

His personal decorations include: Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service; Meritorious Service (2); Navy Commendation (5); and Navy Achievement (2).


Commander Jonathan D. New, USN

Executive Officer, Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit, University of Florida

A native of Anniston, AL, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Auburn University.  While at Auburn, Jonathan earned his commissioned as an ENS in United States Navy. 

In January 2005, CDR New reported to USS STEPHEN W. GROVES (FFG 29) out of Pascagoula, MS as the Assistant Navigator.  During this tour, he deployed to South America and the Caribbean in support of the Navy’s Counter Narcotics Terrorism mission.  He also completed several humanitarian service missions for local residents, shipmates, and himself during recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.  He reported as the Damage Control Assistant to the USS FITZGERALD (FFG 62) out of Yokosuka, Japan, where he would surge deploy on several SEVENTH FLEET tasking missions.  FITZGERALD would win the DESRON 15 Battle Efficiency Award for three consecutive years during his tour. 

For his first shore assignment, CDR New earned his Master of Science degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA from 2009-2011, where he completed his thesis “Fighting corruption in Mexico: Lessons from Colombia.”  Following shore duty, he successfully completed the Navy’s department head training pipeline in Newport, RI before reporting to the USS CARNEY (DDG 64) as the Chief Engineer in 2012.  During this tour, he led his team of Snipes towards earning impeccable marks in the Navy’s Inspection and Survey (INSURV) before deploying to the Arabian Gulf in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.  From there, he reported to USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) as the Combat Systems Officer in 2014.  He led his new department on a home port shift from Pearl Harbor, HI to San Diego, CA, where the ship underwent a $95M overhaul to extend the life of the ship by another 20 years. 

In 2016, CDR New reported to the Missile Defense Agency headquarters, where he served as the Lead of the Navy Cell under the Agency’s Deputy Director.   During his tour, he coordinated between Navy requirements, Navy funding branches, and Missile Defense Agency engineers on seven congressional ballistic missile defense testing events.  In 2018, he volunteered to return to a sea going duty.  He then received orders to Newport News, VA as the Damage Control Assistant aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), which is currently completing a five year $6.3B Refueling Complex Overhaul availability.  After completion of this hot fill assignment, he reported to USS GEORGE H. W. BUSH (CVN 77) for a second Principle Assistant tour as Auxiliaries Officer, where he successfully completed an arduous Docked Planned Incremental Availability, delivering his ship back to operations.

His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with three gold stars, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with gold star.