Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | CSEL
Commander Jeffrey D. Blake
Commander Jeff Blake, a native of Burtonsville, MD, graduated from Lehigh University in 1992 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received his commission in Pensacola, FL on October 7, 1994. He earned Naval Aviator wings in December 1998 and completed initial FA-18 carrier qualification in September 1999.
Commander Blake joined the "Blue Blasters" of VFA-34 in October 1999, completing two Arabian Gulf deployments onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) where he flew combat missions supporting Operations SOUTHERN WATCH (Iraq) DELIBERATE FORGE (Bosnia-Herzegovinia), and ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan). In March 2003, he reported to the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School at NAS Fallon, NV. He graduated with TOPGUN class 03-1 and executed follow-on orders to Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic, where he served as Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor, Air to Air Missile Subject Matter Expert and Operations Officer. In October 2005, he joined VFA-105 for a west coast transition to the FA-18E. He served as the Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer during the Gunslingers' pre-deployment work ups and the first operational deployment onboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN-75), he flew maritime security missions and supported coalition ground combat forces during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.
In February 2009, Commander Blake graduated from the U.S Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he earned a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. He completed a Joint Staff assignment as U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, VA and reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes in July 2011. He has accumulated over 2,000 flight hours and more than 500 carrier arrested landings. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and various unit and service medals.