Commander Will Toraason, a Cincinnati native, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, and commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Commander Toraason served his first operational tour as a submarine officer aboard the fast attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), where he earned his gold dolphins and completed nuclear engineer qualifications, deploying with the boat to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. He transitioned to aviation, earned his Wings of Gold as a Naval Flight Officer, and served his next operational tour as Tactical Coordinator in the P-3C Orion with the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45). He deployed with the Pelicans to Central America, Africa, Europe, and Japan. He next served with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16), completed the squadron’s sundown P-3C deployment, and transitioned with the squadron to the P-8A Poseidon.Ashore he served in Kami Seya, Japan, as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on the staff of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 (CPRW-1/CTF-72). In Jacksonville, Florida, he was the Assistant Officer-in-Charge at the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School. His most recent shore position was at the Pentagon on the Navy Staff as Deputy Executive Assistant to the U.S. Navy’s Chief Financial Officer (OPNAV N8).