Operations Director Americas
Captain Craig Kauber, was born into Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida while his father attended flight school. He enlisted in the Navy and later received a NROTC scholarship to the University of Idaho where he received a B.S. degree in Math Applied Computer Science and commissioned.
Sweat initially trained in the A-7E Corsair and later transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet with his first squadron, the Blue Diamonds out of Lemoore, CA deployed on the USS Nimitz. His first shore tour was with Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific as an instructor pilot. He then reported to the Dambusters in Atsugi, Japan for his department head tour where he cruised to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch and Western Pacific Deployments aboard USS INDEPENDENCE.
After leaving the Dambusters, Sweat reported to HMS Warrior Headquarters, Maritime Permanent Analysis Team, Northwood, England where he served as the NATO Anti-Air Warfare Specialist. With follow-on orders to Lemoore, CA, Sweat was assigned as the Operations Officer for Airwing Fourteen, where he made another deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. He then reported for his assignment as VFA-25 Executive Officer and later assumed command of the “Fist of the Fleet,” Strike Fighter Squadron Two Five deployed on USS Abraham Lincoln. He led the squadron during opening combat operations supporting IRAQI FREEDOM.
Following his Skipper tour, he reported to USS KITTY HAWK stationed Yokosuka, Japan as the Air Boss. He then reported to USNORTHCOM Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center on Delta crew. Sweat retired in 2009 with 27 years of service to our country.
He accumulated over 3700 flight hours and 750 carrier landings. His personal awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with combat V, Strike Flight medals and and various other Joint, Unit, and Campaign awards.
Sweat currently lives in Colorado Springs, Co with his wife. They have 4 grown kids and a grandson.