Commander Bryan Dahlquist

Executive Officer, Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 113

26 October 2020 A native of Chantilly, VA, Commander Dahlquist graduated from James Madison University in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration. In July of 2002, CDR Dahlquist was commissioned through the Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL, and shortly thereafter began flight training in the same location. After completing intermediate flight training, CDR Dahlquist reported to the VAW-120 “Greyhawks” in Norfolk, VA for initial fleet training in the E-2C Hawkeye. He earned his coveted Naval Flight Officer Wings on July 13, 2004.

CDR Dahlquist began his operational flying career in March 2005 with the “Sun Kings” of VAW 116 in Point Mugu, CA. While with the Sun Kings, he made one deployment aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72).

In July 2007, CDR Dahlquist was selected to serve on an Individual Augmentation (IA) mission, reporting to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq as the Officer-in-Charge of multiple detention facilities throughout the Middle East, all in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Following his IA, CDR Dahlquist reported to the E-2C Weapons and Tactics Unit-Atlantic at Naval Station Norfolk (VA) in December 2008, where he served as an E-2C Weapons and Tactics Instructor.

CDR Dahlquist remained in Norfolk but returned to the fleet in December 2012 as the Training Officer for the VAW 123 “Screwtops.” While with the Screwtops, he completed one combat deployment aboard the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

In December of 2014, CDR Dahlquist returned to Point Mugu, CA, and reported as a Department Head to the “Black Eagles” of VAW 113, where he completed two deployments, one aboard the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) and one aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73).

Following his Department Head tour, CDR Dahlquist attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies in March, 2018.

While at the Naval War College, he screened for command and is excited to rejoin the VAW 113 Black Eagles in December, 2019 as the Executive Officer.

CDR Dahlquist has accumulated over 1,800 flight hours and over 300 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (4), and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, as well as various unit, campaign, and service awards.
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