CAPT Michael S. Wallace, U.S. Navy
Chief of Staff
Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet
Captain Mike Wallace is a native of Brookings, Oregon, and a 1986 graduate of Oregon State University. He was commissioned in October of the same year after completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School and following initial flight training in March of 1988 was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Continuing with fleet replacement training at NAS Oceana in the F-14 with the "Grim Reapers" of VF-101, he was assigned to his first operational squadron, the "Ghostriders" of VFA-142. While assigned to the Ghostriders, Captain Wallace completed two deployments to the Mediterranean/Red Sea and Arabian Gulf on board USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Captain Wallace served in nuermous capacities including Quality Assurance Officer and RIO Training Officer and was selected to attend the US Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) graduating in the spring of 1991.
In April of 1992, Captain Wallace reported to VF-101 as a flight instructor in the F-14A/B ending his tour with the Grim Reapers as tactics phase leader. In January of 1995, he returned to the fleet serving as training officer for the "Diamondbacks" of VF-102, where he completed an additional cruise to the Adriatic/Arabian Gulf embarked in USS America while participating in Deny Flight, Deliberate Forge and Southern Watch.
Departing the VF-102 in August of 1996, Captain Wallace reported to the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB. In addition to completing his Joint Phase Military Education, he also completed his Public Administration Master's Degree through Auburn University in Montgomery. Upon graduation, Captain Wallace reported to VF-154 in Atsugi, Japan, serving as Administrative and Operations Officer, leading the squadron through two deployments to the Arabian Gulf, embarked on USS Independence and USS Kitty Hawk.
In September 1999, Captain Wallace continued his overseas duty and joint assignment while reporting to the NATO Air Base Geilenkirchen, Germany. As the OIC of the US Navy Element, Captain Wallace was directly responsible for integrating NATO E-3A's into all resident Mediterranean and Adriatic carrier battle group operations.
In February of 2004, he reported as Executive Officer to the "Swordsmen" of VF-32, and assumed Command in June of 2005. Throughout his time with VF-32, Captain Wallace lead the squadron through one deployment to the Arabian Gulf, embarked on USS Truman, and the transition from the Tomcat to the Navy's newest premier strike fighter, the F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Following his command tour, Captain Wallace reported to Navy Personnel Command in Sept. of 2006, where he served as PERS-431 CDR TACAIR Assignments, PERS-342 Head Detailer, LCDR and LT Assignments, and PERS 43 Deputy Director.
Captain Wallace assumed command of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3 in August of 2011.
In February 2013, Captain Wallace reported to Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic and assumed the duties as Chief of Staff. He has accumulated over 4,000 flight hours in six different aircraft and over 1,000 carrier arrested landings. Personal awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal and various campaign and service awards.