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Commanding Officer

CAPT Michael Fisher, USN
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Executive Officer

CDR Jerry W. Burkette, USN
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Marine Officer Instructor

Maj Ahmad Martin, USMC

Assistant Marine Officer Instructor

GySgt Michael Towns, USMC

Alpha Company Advisor

LT Michael May, USN

Bravo Company Advisor

LT Robert Knapp, USN

Charlie Company Advisor

LT Chet Fearon, USN

Delta Company Advisor

LT Leonard Deprisco, USN

University Secretary

Carolyne Dudding

Human Resources Assistant

Joe Snyder

Administrative Assistant

Michael Holland

Supply Officer

Gregg Snyder


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CAPTAIN Michael Fisher

CAPT Fisher was born in Morristown, NJ, and was raised in Riverside, Ca. He enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Mechanical Operator. Following selection for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning program he graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and received his commission from Officers Candidate School.
After initial training, he reported aboard the USS LOS ANGELES (SSN 688), where he qualified in submarines and served in various division officer positions. Subsequent sea tours included USS CHARLOTTE (SSN 766) as Navigator and Operations Officer, and USS ALASKA (GOLD) {SSBN 732) as Executive Officer. His command tour was onboard USS NEBRASKA (SSBN- 739) (GOLD), during which time his command earned two Battle Efficiency "E" awards. He has conducted three Western Pacific deployments and six Strategic Deterrent Patrols.
CAPT Fisher's shore assignments include SUBPAC Hawaiian Local Operations Officer, SEVENTH FLEET Submarine and Surface Operations Officer, Branch Chief, Distributed Communications at US STRATEGIC COMMAND, and Director Future Planning Center at US FIFTH Fleet. In October 2014, as Commodore, he stood up Submarine Squadron 21. He has completed Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phases 1 and II through the Air Force's Air University and the Joint Forces Staff College, and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Chaminade University. CAPT Fisher is a graduate of the UK Submarine Command Course (PERISHER).
CAPT Fisher's personal awards include the Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) as well as various unit and campaign level awards.

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Commander Burkette completed his undergraduate studies at Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He graduated from Aviation Officer Candidate School as a Distinguished Naval Graduate in 1991 and received his NFO wings in October, 1992 .
He graduated as class honorman from VAQ-129 in December 1993 and reported to VAQ-131 deploying in USS CONSTELLATION (CV-64). His four years with the squadron included two WESTPAC cruises and work-up cycles in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH with the CVW-2/CV-64 team in addition to a two-month deployment to Aviano Air Base, Italy in October, 1995 in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT. During this assignment he was selected as a Foreign Area Officer for the Europe/Eurasian region.
He reported for an instructor tour at VAQ-129 in January, 1998 where he was assigned as the Avionics/Armament Division Officer. From March to November 1998 he deployed to the Combined Air Operations Center in Vicenza, Italy as the Electronic Warfare Coordination Cell Chief in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT/DELIBERATE GUARD. He then re-deployed to JTF-SWA, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a GAT Shop ATO Planner from February to May 1999 and was subsequently selected for the NATO Fifth Allied Tactical Air Force (5ATAF) U.S. Navy Joint staff position and transferred to Vicenza, Italy.
Fluent in Italian, Lieutenant Burkette was assigned to study and produce a plan to move the CAOC’s mission south to Poggio Renatico, the site of the NATO CAOC-5. LT Burkette additionally acted as the Balkan CAOC’s Deputy Chief of Combat Operations, coordinating all battle staff procedures and training watchstanders for NATO’s air effort over the Balkans. The mission transfer to CAOC-5, NATO’s first for an on-going contingency mission, was accomplished on schedule in September of 2001.
Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2002, he was assigned as the Assistant EA-6B Requirements Officer at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he was the EA-6B subject matter expert for all Advanced Electronic Attack (AEA) Defense Program Guidance studies. He additionally served as the assistant requirements officer for the fledgling EA-18G program funded during the POM 2004 budget cycle.
He joined VAQ-137 in 2003 where he completed two deployments onboard the USS ENTERPRISE including the first EA-6B “split-site” deployment to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. During his tenure, he served as the Safety Officer, the Administrative Officer, and the Maintenance Officer. He then reported to VAQ-129 as the Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) Operations Officer, coordinating all EA-6B Prowler syllabi training for the fleet. During this tour, he completed his Master’s degree in International Relations at Salve Regina University in Newport.
He reported to the Commodore, Electronic Attack Wing, in late 2006 as his Operations Officer, responsible for the control of assets, funding, and scheduling for three expeditionary squadrons, the Electronic Attack Weapons School, and the FRS. Promoted to Commander in 2007, the Commodore selected him to be the Chief Staff Officer for the Wing and also chose him to serve as VAQ-129’s long term Executive Officer for the community’s transition to the EA-18G.
CDR Burkette served for one year as the Officer-in-Charge of MNF-West Counter-RCIED Electronic Warfare in support of both I and II Marine Expeditionary Forces operating from Fallujah and Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, leading a team of 200 Sailors and contractors deployed across the Al Anbar province. During this combat tour, he earned qualification as a Fleet Marine Forces Qualified Officer.
He reported in May of 2009 to VAQ-129 as the Executive Officer, serving in that capacity for more than three years. During the tenure of five Commanding Officers, he was the squadron’s leadership continuity for more than 50% of the community’s transition to the EA-18G Growler aircraft while maintaining production for the EA-6B through its sundown. Following his FRS XO tour, he reported to USS JOHN C STENNIS (CVN-74) as the Air Operations Officer in October of 2012.
His awards include the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service medal, the Air medal (strike/flight – 4 awards), Joint Service Commendation and Achievement medals, Navy Commendation and Achievement medals, the Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and various service and campaign awards.



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