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 Walt ''Sarge" Slaughter

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

Force Master Chief H. Trenton Schmidt

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

Commander Gordon M. Schriver

Commanding Officer, Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 117

26 October 2020 CDR Schriver is a native of Edgewood, MD and enlisted as an Electronics Technician in the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program in 1994. After completing his nuclear training, CDR Schriver served two operational tours as a Reactor Operator and Engineering Watch Supervisor aboard USS BATFISH (SSN 681) and USS WILLIAM H. BATES (SSN 680). In March 2000, he reported to Naval Nuclear Power Training Command, Charleston, SC as a Nuclear Field “A” School instructor. During this tour, he was selected as the 2001 Naval Nuclear Power Training Command Instructor of the Year, initiated as a Chief Petty Officer in 2002, and earned a Bachelor of Science from Thomas Edison State University and a Master of Business Administration from Charleston Southern University. He was selected for Officer Candidate School and earned his commission in 2004 as the top distinguished graduate. After flight training in Pensacola, FL, he earned his wings of gold and was designated a Naval Flight Officer at Naval Station Norfolk in January 2006.

CDR Schriver began operational flying in July 2006 with the “Tigertails” of VAW-125. He deployed with Carrier Air Wing 7 aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and completed a counter drug detachment in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South. During this tour, he completed the Strike Fighter Weapons Schools TOPGUN Controller course and was selected as a Hawkeye Weapons Tactics Instructor.

He reported to the Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Unit in April 2009, serving as an instructor and Hawkeye Advanced Readiness Program Director. He was a member of the Hawkeye Tactics Analysis Team and selected to participate in the initial simulation and modeling of the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye.

In February 2012, CDR Schriver returned to VAW-125 while deployed aboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He served as the Training Officer and then Transition Officer, leading VAW-125 through the first E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft transition. While with the Tigertails, he was selected for the 2012 COMACCLOGWING Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award (O-3). Following this tour, CDR Schriver reported to Naval Personnel Command in Millington, TN in January 2014 to serve as the VAW/VRC Assignments Officer.

CDR Schriver reported for his Department Head tour with the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 in October 2015. At the Bluetails, he deployed with west coast Carrier Air Wing 11 aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE and served as both Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. During this tour, he was selected for the 2016 COMACCLOGWING Navy and Marine Association Leadership Award (O-4).

In January 2018, CDR Schriver reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff J-7, Joint Force Development Directorate in Suffolk, VA, where he served as an Action Officer and Joint Concept Strategist. While on Joint Staff, he was a Project Officer for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Capstone Concept for Joint Operations: Joint Force 2030.

CDR Schriver has accumulated 2,000 flight hours and over 300 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with numeral 4), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5), Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (5), as well as multiple unit and service awards.
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