Commander Timothy Muller
Commanding Officer, Strike Fighter Squadron FIFTEEN
CDR Timothy Muller is a native of Mahopac, New York, and a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he studied Earth Sciences and Geology. In November 1996, he was commissioned as an Ensign through the Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, Florida. CDR Muller was designated as a Naval Flight Officer on 20 March 1998 and was selected for training in the EA-6B Prowler with the "Vikings" of VAQ-129 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA.
As a fleet replacement Electronic Countermeasures Officer, CDR Muller was assigned to the "Wizards" of VAQ-133 at NAS Whidbey Island and served as a maintenance Branch Officer, Schedules Officer and Legal Officer. During his time with the Wizards, CDR Muller would deploy multiple times to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia and Incirlik Air Base, Turkey to enforce the No Fly Zones over Iraq conducting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and NORTHERN WATCH. With the Wizards, CDR Muller earned his qualifications as a Low Altitude Tactics instructor, Functional Check Flight aircrew and Mission Commander. Recognized as a community professional, his efforts were acknowledged by the EA-6B Commodore and the Naval Bureau of Personnel when he was selected to transition to a Naval Aviator designation.
Arriving in Texas, CDR Muller completed training with VT-27 at NAS Corpus Christi and with VT-21 at NAS Kingsville where he was designated as a Naval Aviator on 21 November 2003. Follow on orders would take him to NAS Oceana, VA, where he reported to the "Gladiators" of VFA-106 and would qualify in the F/A-18 Hornet. Immediately after completing his initial training in the Hornet, CDR Muller joined VFA-81, the "Sunliners", an Oceana based squadron deployed to 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility, conducting combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While serving as a Maintenance Division Officer, NATOPS Officer and Assistant Operations Officer, CDR Muller was selected to serve as a Department Head. After completing an additional deployment with the Sunliners to 5th Fleet and operating in the Gulf of Oman, CDR Muller reported to the "War Party" of VFA-87 who were in the initial stages of workups. Soon after reporting to the War Party, he would again find himself patrolling the skies over Afghanistan supporting multi national troops conducting Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour, he served as a Department Head for the Safety, Administrative, Operations and Maintenance Departments and would earn his Strike Leader Qualification.
Reporting to the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Belgium during June 2010, CDR Muller was the acting Education, Training, Exercise and Evaluation Assistant Branch Chief for 18 months. In this role he was responsible for the strategic level policy providing guidance of these issues for the forces of the 28 allied nations. Personnel shifts within the staff provided the opportunity to further advance his international contact network by being assigned to the NATO Permanent Liaison Team to the European Union.
CDR Muller has accumulated over 2,600 hours and 424 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (Five strike/flight awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (Three awards) and various campaign and service citations.