Clay "Choo" Beers
United States Navy
Born at Travis Air Force Base, CA, Commander Clay Beers graduated with Merit from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He received his wings and was designated a Naval Aviator after undergoing training in VT-2 and VT-21.
His assignments at sea include Air to Ground and Air to Air Weapons and Training Officer, Landing Signals Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer while attached to VFA-81 Sunliners, Flag Aide to Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12, and Safety Officer and Operations Officer for VFA-143 Pukin' Dogs. During these operational tours, he completed three combat deployments in support of Operations ALLIED FORCE, SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Ashore, Commander Beers served as Flight Instructor and Assistant Operations Officer for VFA-125 Rough Raiders, the Fleet Replacement Squadron. While attached there, he was chosen as the Junior Officer of the Year for 2004. His other shore duty included a temporary assignment as Flight Instructor and the first Naval Aviation Production Process Officer for VFA-106 Gladiators. From 2008 to 2010, Commander Beers served as the Military Aide to the President (President Bush and President Obama)
Commander Beers was awarded his Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in September 2005. In addition to completing JPME Phase I through the USAF, Commander Beers was designated a Command Duty Officer Underway
In December 2010, Commander Beers reported as Executive Officer of VFA-105.
Commander Beers has accumulated over 2000 hours in the F/A-18 (A-F) and has over 500 carrier landings. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (3 Strike Flight), Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medals.