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Captain Eric C. Thompson
Executive Officer, USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
CAPT Eric “STIC” Thompson is from Las Cruces, New Mexico and is a 2000 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He began pilot training in 2001 and was designated as a Naval Aviator at NAS Meridian, Mississippi in June of 2003. After earning his “Wings of Gold”, he reported to the VFA-106 “Gladiators” for initial F/A-18C Hornet training at NAS Oceana, Virginia.
In July of 2004, CAPT Thompson joined the VFA-113 “Stingers” in Lemoore, California. He completed a Western Pacific Deployment on board the USS JOHN C. STENNIS and a deployment on board the USS RONALD REAGAN in support of coalition ground forces participating in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM as well as a follow on surge deployment to the Western Pacific.
After completing his initial sea tour, CAPT Thompson was selected to attend the Navy Fighter Weapons School in Fallon, Nevada. In July of 2007, CAPT Thompson reported to the “Rough Raiders” of VFA-125 as an instructor pilot. In March of 2010, CAPT Thompson was picked as the Flag Aide for RADM David “Deke” Philman, the Director of Air Warfare (OPNAV N-88) in the Pentagon, Washington, DC.
In May of 2011, CAPT Thompson reported to the “Rampagers” of VFA-83 as a Department Head. While attached to the Rams, he deployed with CVW-7 on board the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER for two back-to-back deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. In January 2014, CAPT Thompson reported to USS STRATCOM Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD) in Colorado Springs as a Watch Commander.
In June of 2016, he checked into VFA-106 for refresher training in the F/A-18C and reported back aboard the ‘Rampagers” as the Executive Officer in May of 2017. He assumed command of the squadron in August of 2018. CAPT Thompson led VFA-83 through a Hornet to Super Hornet transition, on multiple training detachments, and during pre-deployment workups. He turned over command in December 2019 and reported for Nuclear Power training in Charleston, SC in February 2020.
CAPT Thompson has over 2,500 flight hours and more than 500 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Strike Flight Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, and various individual, campaign, and unit awards.
Having completed Nuclear Power training and the CVN PXO training track, CAPT Thompson will take over as the Executive Officer on board USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT in October of 2021.
Last Updated: 15 November 2021