Captain Paul Gronemeyer
Commodore, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic
Captain Paul Gronemeyer is a native of Concord, California and graduated Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. Following graduation, he was employed as a Commercial Banker before commissioning in 1989 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program.
CAPT Gronemeyer was designated a Naval Flight Officer and upon completion of initial training in the A-6E Intruder as a Bombardier/Navigator reported to the “Main Battery” of VA-196 in June 1991. With the retirement of the A-6E, he transitioned to the F-14 Tomcat and reported to the “Tomcatters” of VF-31 in August 1995. Subsequent flying tours include assignments to the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 as an instructor, the “Blacklions” of VF-213 as a department head, and following yet another aircraft transition due to the retirement of the F-14, the Commanding Officer of VFA-213 flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet.
Staff tours include a Legislative Fellowship in the office of Senator John McCain, Joint Chiefs of Staff as a Senior Policy Officer in the Operations Directorate Antiterrorism Division, National War College where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs as Deputy Director of Programs, and the Combined Air and Space Operations Center as Battle Director for Operations ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) and NEW DAWN (OND).
CAPT Gronemeyer is a graduate of both the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and the U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (MAWTS) and has accumulated over 3,000 hours and 800 arrested landings in the A-6E, F-14D, and F/A-18F.