Dr. John Wood is the Director (J9), Indo-Pacific Outreach, U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Hawaii. Dr. Wood leads the Command’s Strategic Public-Private Partnership Outreach; Senior Leadership Engagement and outreach to non-traditional security entities such as academia, think tanks, NGOs and private sector; staff academic development and speaker series; All-Hazards and civil affairs activities; interagency liaison officers; historical office; and Legislative Affairs outreach to U.S. Congress and Hawaii state government.
Prior to his 2014 appointment to the Senior Executive Service, Dr. Wood was an active duty Naval Officer and F-14 Tomcat fighter pilot, and brings 31 years of leadership and management to Senior Executive Service. During his career, Dr. Wood lived in Germany, Italy, Bahrain, Japan, and Singapore, flew fighters from aircraft carriers throughout the Middle East, Asia, Indian Ocean, and Atlantic, and served on major staffs and Combatant Commands throughout the world.
Operationally, Dr. Wood graduated from Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and commanded a squadron and air wing. Throughout his career, Dr. Wood received numerous naval aviation honors including: Training Command “Student Pilot of the Year,” Carrier Air Wing Two “Tailhook Pilot of the Year,” and Carrier Air Wing Fourteen “Tailhook Pilot of the Year.”
Selected as the US Navy’s Moreau Scholar in 1998, Dr. Wood holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he graduated top in his class and received the Robert Stewart Prize for leadership and academic excellence. He holds Masters of Arts degrees from the University of San Diego and United States Naval War College, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy.
In 1996 Dr. Wood was selected as 1/18 White House Fellows out of over one thousand national applicants, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State.
(as of October 2019)