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Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Wieringa:

Military Branch:United States Navy
Position: Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering,
Rear Admiral Wieringa’s Naval Service began in 1973 through the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate Program. He graduated from Kansas State College, Pittsburg, Kan., with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1975. Following his commissioning as an Ensign in 1976, he was designated as a Naval Aviator in 1977.
Following A-6 Intruder training at VA-128, he reported to VA-145 where he completed two cruises onboard USS Ranger. His next assignment was to VX-5 as an Operational Test Director for numerous bomb, missile, and fuze projects. This tour was culminated with the Fleet introduction of the Skipper II missile with airwings onboard USS John F. Kennedy and USS Independence stationed off the coast of Beirut.
After A-6 refresher training at VA-128, he reported to VA-165, where he completed two cruises onboard USS Kitty Hawk. During this tour, he conceived and executed a program that established a tactics department within the squadron. As a result of his performance on this tour he was selected as “The Outstanding Naval Aviator United States Pacific Fleet”.
Starting in July 1987, he was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School. He completed the curriculum as Class Leader for Class 93 and was designated an Engineering Test Pilot in June 1988. His following tour was the Ordnance Systems Department Head/Project Test Pilot, Strike Aircraft Test Directorate, Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, Md. His flight test responsibilities included ordnance carriage/separation as well as carrier suitability envelope expansion flights on A-6 and A-7 aircraft.
In July 1990, he was designated as an Aeronautical Engineering Duty Officer and reported to the Naval Air Systems Command as the A-12 Avionics Systems Project Officer and later the AX program as Assistant Program Manager (Systems Engineering) or “Class Desk Officer”. In June 1993, he completed F/A-18 flight training at VFA-106 and reported to Patuxent River, Md., where he was assigned as the F/A-18 Project Coordinator. His responsibilities included coordination of all F/A-18 related efforts through the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division.
Rear Adm Wieringa screened for selection as Deputy Program Manager, PMA-265, as the Co-Leader for the F/A-18E/F Integrated Program Team until July 1998. He then held the office of Executive Director for Operations, Research and Engineering Group, Naval Air Systems Command. From April 2000 through May 2003, he commanded the F/A-18 Program (PMA-265). While he was Program Manager, the Super Hornet was awarded the Collier Trophy. Capping the numerous accomplishments during his command was the successful first combat deployment of the Super Hornet in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2004, he assumed his current position as Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division and Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering, Naval Air Systems Command. Rear Adm Wieringa was promoted to Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in October 2004.
Rear Adm Wieringa has flown 45 different types of aircraft including the F/A-18F Super Hornet, accumulating over 4,000 flight hours and 534 carrier landings. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
Updated: 6 October 2004

 

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