Commander M. W. Rodgers

Commanding Officer, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 135

26 October 2020 A native of Dover, Pennsylvania, Commander Rodgers graduated from Georgia Tech in 2002, earning a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.  CDR Rodgers was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Program.  Following commissioning, CDR Rodgers was selected for the Immediate Graduate Education Program (IGEP) where he earned a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Monterey, CA.  CDR Rodgers reported to NAS Pensacola, FL for flight training in July 2003.  He earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings in January 2005.  In March 2005, CDR Rodgers reported to the VAQ-129 “Vikings” for initial fleet training as an EA-6B Electronic Countermeasures Officer (ECMO).  

CDR Rodgers began his operational flying in March 2006 with the VAQ-142 “Gray Wolves”.  While with the Gray Wolves, he made three expeditionary deployments, one to Bagram, Afghanistan and two to Al Asad, Iraq, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, respectively.  

In June 2010 CDR Rodgers graduated from the United States Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland as part of Class 137, where his Developmental Test (DT) II final project was the JAS-39 Gripen in Linkoping, Sweden.  CDR Rodgers reported to the VX-23 “Salty Dogs” and served as a Project Officer for the EA-6B ICAP-III and EA-18G.  While attached to VX-23, CDR Rodgers was the recipient of the Test Naval Flight Officer of the year award as well as the Paganelli Leadership Award.  

CDR Rodgers returned to the fleet as a Department Head in the VAQ-137 “Rooks”.  He completed an around the world deployment, embarked aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71), in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.  

Following his department head tour, CDR Rodgers served as an action officer, USSOCOM, Joint SOF Development (J-7) Directorate.  He was responsible for both SOF advanced skill set training policy development as well as assessments of Special Operations Advanced Skill Set School Houses.  

CDR Rodgers has accumulated over 2,600 flight hours in 22 aircraft and 200 arrested landings, including 250 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (12 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 awards), and Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) and various service awards and ribbons.  He has the honor of being married to an amazing wife and together they have raised three incredible children.
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