Lieutenant John Allison is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, and was also raised in
Cherokee, North Carolina. In 1991, he graduated with honors from Flour Bluff High School in
Corpus Christi, where he played football. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning
a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with highest honors. He received his commission
upon graduation via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in December 1995.|
John completed primary flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Corpus Christi, Texas,
and transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas, for intermediate and advanced jet training in the T-45
Goshawk. John earned his wings of gold in June 1998, and then reported to Strike Fighter
Squadron 125 (VFA 125) at NAS Lemoore, California, for training in the F/A-18 Hornet. As a
student assigned to VFA 125, he was awarded Fleet Replacement Pilot of the Year honors and
several other awards for air combat, precision bombing, and carrier landing performance.
In February 2000, John reported to the VFA 192 “World Famous Golden Dragons” at
Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, where he served as Naval Air Training and Operation
Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) officer, aircraft division officer, air-to-air training officer,
and landing signals officer. While there, he earned 2002 VFA 192 Pilot of the Year honors, and
deployed seven times aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), planning and participating in numerous
international exercises with Japanese, South Korean, Thai, Singaporean and Australian Naval
and Air Forces. John also deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and flew combat
missions supporting Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
In April 2003, John reported to the VFA 122 “Flying Eagles,” based at NAS Lemoore, as
an F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet instructor pilot. While at VFA 122, John served as the electronic
briefing officer, assistant syllabus officer, plans officer, landing signals officer, and Tailhook
Legacy demonstration pilot.
John joined the Blue Angels in November 2004. He has accumulated more than 1,700
flight hours and 316 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Air Medal with Combat
“V,” one Strike Flight Air Medal, a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various
personal and unit awards.