CDR Jesse Hilliker
Commanding Officer VFA-83
CDR Jesse W. Hilliker graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. He earned his wings of gold from VT-21 in NAS Kingsville, TX in 1998.
CDR Hilliker deployed twice during his first operational tour with the VFA-25 "Fist of the Fleet," supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. He then reported to the Empire Test Pilot School in the United Kingdom where he completed test pilot training in 2003. In 2004 he reported to the VX-31"Dust Devils" in China Lake, CA where he served as Super Hornet OFP H2/H3 Project Officer. He next served as Strike Operations Officer for CVW-8 in 2006. In 2007, CDR Hilliker joined the VFA-87 "War Party" where he deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Hilliker will report to the VFA-83Rampagers as the Executive Officer in Feb 2012.
CDR Hilliker is a 2003 graduate of the Empire Test Pilot School in the United Kingdom. In 2006 he earned a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. CDR Hilliker graduated in 2010 from the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
CDR Hilliker has logged over 450 traps in the F/A-18 and more than 2,200 flight hours in 32 aircraft. His military awards include various meritorious individual and unit awards including three Strike Flight Air Medals and three Navy Commendation Medals