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Vice Admiral Kenneth Whitesell

Commander, Naval Air Forces/Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Mr. Bryan Scurry

Executive Director, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Captain Todd "Chimi" Cimicata

Chief of Staff, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Force Master Chief Jason M. Haka

Force Master Chief, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet

Commander N. L. Mollenhauer

Commanding Officer, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135

26 October 2020 CDR Mollenhauer is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He attended the Virginia Military Institute where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission as a Naval Officer.  Following commissioning he reported to NAS Pensacola for Naval Flight Officer (NFO) training in VT-4 and VT-86.  He received his NFO wings in August 2001.  He reported to the EA-6B Fleet Replacement Squadron, VAQ-129, qualified as an EA-6B Electronics Countermeasures Officer (ECMO) and was assigned to the Black Ravens of VAQ-135.

During his tour with the Black Ravens he deployed twice with CVW-11, on board the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), as they supported combat operations during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  While at VAQ-135 he graduated from the Prowler Tactics Instructor course and served as the Black Raven Training Officer.

Starting in November 2005, CDR Mollenhauer began the NFO to pilot transition as a student with VT-6 in Milton, Florida and VT-22 in Kingsville, Texas.  After winging he reported back to VAQ-129 in Whidbey Island, Washington where he qualified as an EA-6B pilot.

In June 2008 CDR Mollenhauer reported to VAQ-130, Zappers, and deployed with CVW-3 on board USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.  While with VAQ-130 he received the Zapper Junior Officer Leadership award.

CDR Mollenhauer reported to VAQ-136, forward deployed to NAF Atsugi, Japan for his Department Head tour.  During his tour with VAQ-136 CDR Mollenhauer deployed twice with CVW-5, on board USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).  During his Gauntlet tour, VAQ-136 returned to NAS Whidbey Island, Washington after 32 years of forward deployed operations, and transitioned from the EA-6B Prowler to the EA-18G Growler.

Following is Department Head tour, CDR Mollenhauer graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI before reporting to USSOCOM in Tampa, FL where he served as a Deliberate Plans staff officer in the Plans, Policy, and Strategy (J-51) branch.

CDR Mollenhauer has logged more than 2,000 tactical jet hours and over 300 arrested landings.  His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (3), Navy/Marine Commendation Medal (2), Navy/Marine Achievement Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.
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