Staff Biographies

Captain James P. Dunn III, USN

Captain Dunn's Biography Photo

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

Captain Dunn, son of a career naval officer, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1994.  Having service selected Surface Warfare and completed SWOS, CAPT Dunn reported to his first ship, USS JOHN L HALL (FFG 32) as the Damage Control Assistant.  Following the successful completion of UNITAS 95, CAPT Dunn reported to USS CLEVELAND (LPD 7) in San Diego, California, as the Main Propulsion Assistant.  

Selected for lateral transfer to aviation, CAPT Dunn reported to Pensacola, Florida, in the summer of 1998 and earned his wings in January 2000.  After completion of FRS training in the SH-60B, CAPT Dunn completed his junior officer flying tour in HSL-48, his department head tour in HSL-42, and commanded HSL-46 through their transition to the MH-60R and re-designation as HSM-46.  CAPT Dunn has amassed over 1800 flying hours and made multiple deployments to the SOUTHCOM, EUCOM and CENTCOM AORs.  Selected for Major Command of Amphibious Squadron EIGHT, he deployed to the FIFTH Fleet AOR with the BATAAN Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) as Deputy Commodore and then to the SIXTH Fleet AOR with the IWO JIMA ARG for TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018 as Commodore.

CAPT Dunn’s shore tours include Assistant Washington Placement (PERS 441A) at the Navy Personnel Command, and as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director for Operations and later Deputy Defeat the Device division head at the Joint IED Defeat Organization in Crystal City, Virginia.  Additionally, he served as Future Operations Officer (N33) on the staff of Commander, Pacific Fleet.  Most recently he served as Chief of Staff, Navy Warfare Development Command. 

CAPT Dunn has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.  He earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Commander Jonathan D. New

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.