Commander Kristen M. Hansen

Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 25

25 October 2020 CDR Hansen grew up in Weymouth, MA and graduated from Weymouth High School in 1999. Accepting an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, she joined the Class of 2003 and studied Astronautical Engineering. After graduation, CDR Hansen attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida and Meridian, Mississippi. She selected F/A-18 Hornets out of Meridian.

Stationed in Lemoore, CA, CDR Hansen learned how to fly the Hornet while attached to VFA-125 Rough Raiders. After training, she joined VFA-151 Vigilantes where she made her first deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan in 2008 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operations ENDURING FREEDOM onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).

After completing her tour with the "Vigis," CDR Hansen graduated from Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in 2010, and became a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific. There, she acted as the Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) subject matter expert and taught tactical employment to squadrons preparing to deploy.

In the fall of 2012, CDR Hansen returned to the "Fleet" for her "Training Officer" tour with VFA-146 Diamonds. In March 2013, the Diamonds deployed on the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) to continue support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, and extended in 5th Fleet during heightened tensions in Syria.

Not long after returning from cruise, CDR Hansen moved onto her Department Head tour with VFA-113 Stingers in March of 2014. The squadron deployed onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in August 2014 to join Operation INHERENT RESOLVE in Iraq and Syria. Post deployment, CDR Hansen and the Stringers transitioned from the last operational West Coast FA-18C Hornets to the FA-18E Super Hornet.

Leaving the Stingers in December 2016 Stingers, CDR Hansen joined Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) as the Air Wing Training Officer at STRIKE. Instructing and managing eight Air Wing Fallon evolutions, CDR Hansen and her staff ensured high-end, relevant training was delivered to deploying air wings. Departing STRIKE in August 2019, CDR Hansen is currently the PXO for VFA-25, the Fist of the Fleet, and will join the "Fisties" in May 2020.

Combined, CDR Hansen has accumulated over 2200 hours of flight time, 66 combat sorties over Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, and 480 carrier landings. She completed her Master's Degree in Project Management through Boston University in 2016, loves to ski and hike, and participates in half marathons and triathlons.
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