Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief
CDR Jennifer K. Wilderman
CDR Wilderman, a native of St. Louis Missouri, graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 1994, with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1996. She reported to the Dusty Dogs of HS-7, NAS Jacksonville, FL in 1997, flying the SH-60F / HH-60H helicopter. During this tour, CDR Wilderman deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and Arabian Gulf aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) supporting Operations Dessert Fox and NATO Operations in Kosovo. With the Dusty Dogs, she served as Avionics and Armament Division Officer, Assistant Operations Officer, Tactics and Training Officer and squadron NATOPS Officer. In 2000 CDR Wilderman reported to the HSWINGLANT Weapons Training Unit, now the HSC Weapons School, Jacksonville, Florida as an Instructor Pilot, graduating from the Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, Fallon, Nevada in 2001.
In July of 2003, CDR Wilderman reported to Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) as the Helicopter Operations Officer, meeting USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) Strike Group on deployment in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. CDR Wilderman deployed a second time with CVW-11 taking the USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) on her maiden voyage from the shipyard in Virginia to her homeport of San Diego, CA. CDR Wilderman is among the few Aviators that can say she flew in the Straits of Magellan. After her staff tour, CDR Wilderman reported to the Golden Falcons of HS-2, San Diego, California. During her department head tour, CDR Wilderman served as the Administrations Officer, Tactics Officer and Operations Officer deploying aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72). During her tenure the Golden Falcons earned the Arnold Jay Isabel Trophy for ASW excellence twice and the 2008 Battle E Award.
In March 2008 CDR Wilderman reported to the Naval War College where she completed an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies and Joint Professional Military Education Phases I and II. In 2009 she reported to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Head Quarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, VA. As a strategic and operational concept developer, CDR Wilderman was directly responsible for the development of the Alliance Maritime Strategy to be used by all 28 Alliance Nations.