CDR Timothy A. Wilson
United States Navy
Commander Wilson is a native of Southern California, having graduated high school in 1987 from Canyon High, Canyon County, California. He enlisted in 1989 to the Naval Nuclear Power Program. As an Electronics Technician, Petty Officer Wilson attended Nuclear Field ET "A" school, where he was distinguished as class honor man, appointed as an instructor at ET "A" school, and a distinguished graduate of Naval Nuclear Power School.
He was commissioned in 1995 through the University of Southern California NROTC scholarship program having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics. He continued his Naval Career as a student Naval Aviator.
Upon completion of flight school in 1997, Commander Wilson reported to the "Greyhawks" of VAW-120, the E-2C Hawkeye Fleet replacement squadron at NAS Norfolk, Virginia. After carrier qualifications in the Hawkeye, he was assigned to the VAW-124 "Bear Aces" aboard the USS ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) where his very next trap as a newly winged Aviator was during wartime strike missions into Kosovo during OPERATION ALLIED FORCE on the "tip of the spear". During this period, he was recognized as the Hawkeye Pilot of the Year (Sea) 2002.
Following his first fleet sea tour, Commander Wilson went on to complete an instructor shore tour with the fleet replacement squadron VAW-120 "Greyhawks". After completing this shore tour, he returned to a dissociated sea tour assigned to the Carrier Air Wing Three (CVW-3) staff. During an at sea period with CVW-3, he was hand-selected with a group of seven Officers and flown to Eglin AFB, FL. to stand up the Naval Air Liaison Element in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
After refresher training at VAW-120, he reported to the "Wallbangers" of VAW-117 at Point Mugu, CA as a department head and again completed several western Pacific deployments as the Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. Following that sea tour, he was assigned to Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Strategic Studies. His next tour was also a non-flying joint tour serving on the Commander, US Africa Command's personal staff and Joint Operations Center Team Chief during the Libyan conflict.
Commander Wilson has accumulated over 3,300 flight hours and over 350 arrested landings. He received the 2002 Navy Junior Officer Leadership Award by Commander, Naval Air Forces, "Hawkeye Pilot of the Year Award" recipient, Top Nugget Pilot, numerous "Top 10" Pilot and "Top Hook" recognitions, and is authorized to wear the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, Air Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), Joint Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit, campaign, and service awards.