Captain James McHugh is the US Navy Commanding Officer at the Ventura County Naval Base. He assumed command at the Naval Base in February 2009. Born in Newport, Rhode Island, he is a 1986 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University as an NROTC student with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. He holds two Master’s of Arts degrees, one in Computer Resources and Information Systems Management from Webster University, and a second in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College.
Captain McHugh has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours and over 400 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, and three Navy Achievement Medals.