ADM Swift attended San Diego State University and received his commission in 1979 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program, and received his master’s degree from the Naval War College.
His operational assignments include Attack Squadron (VA) 94; VA-97; Carrier Air Wing 11 staff; commander, Strike Fighter Attack Squadron (VFA) 97; commander, Carrier Air Wing 14; deputy commander, Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command; commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9; and commander, U.S. 7th Fleet. During those tours he participated in combat Operations Praying Mantis, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
His shore tour assignments include VA-122; Naval War College; commander of Strike Fighter Weapons School, Pacific; F/A-18 requirements officer, OPNAV; commander, VFA-122; officer of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics staff; and director of Operations, U.S. Pacific Command.
Prior to assuming command at U.S. Pacific Fleet, he was assigned to the Pentagon as the director, Navy Staff. Swift was promoted to Admiral and assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Fleet on May 27, 2015. He is the 35th commander since the fleet was established in February 1941 with headquarters at Pearl Harbor, HI.