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Force Master Chief
Force Master Chief
Commander David Wiltshire
Commanding Officer, Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 125
26 October 2020
Commander Wiltshire is a native of Midlothian, Virginia. He is a 2004 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and a commission through Virginia Tech Naval ROTC. He earned his Wings of Gold in April 2007 at NAS Kingsville, Texas and then reported to VAW-120 in Norfolk, Virginia for initial fleet training in the E-2C Hawkeye.
In March 2008, Commander Wiltshire reported to the “Bluetails” of VAW-121 in Norfolk, Virginia where he deployed three times; once with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) taking the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) “around the horn” and twice with Carrier Air Wing SEVEN (CVW-7) onboard USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Commander Wiltshire served as the Personnel Officer, Avionics Division Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Pilot NATOPS Officer, and Head Landing Signal Officer (LSO).
Commander Wiltshire returned to VAW-120 in April 2011 as an Instructor Pilot. There he served as the Pilot NATOPS Officer, Alternate AIRLANT NATOPS Evaluator, and Carrier Qualification Phase Head LSO.
Following instructor duty, Commander Wiltshire returned to sea in April 2014 with Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1) onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) as Air Wing LSO, “CAG Paddles.” While there, he deployed in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
In August 2015, Commander Wiltshire reported to NAS Point Mugu, California as a department head with the “Sun Kings” of VAW-116, serving as the Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, and Maintenance Officer. He completed work ups with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) onboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) in preparation for their combat deployment to the USCENTCOM AOR.
Upon completion of his department head tour, Commander Wiltshire reported to the Joint Staff, J-39, Deputy Director for Global Operations in October 2017. During this tour he screened for Aviation Commander Command. He reports to the world famous “Tigertails” of VAW-125 as Executive Officer at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan in April 2020.
Commander Wiltshire has accumulated over 2,700 flight hours and over 250 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (five awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various other unit, service, and campaign awards.
VAW-125 Commanding Officer