Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron
One Two Six
NS Norfolk, VA
Commander Gaydash is a native of Clarion, Pennsylvania and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Michigan State University. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in November 1997 and earned his wings of gold as a Naval Flight Officer in February 2000.
Commander Gaydash’s sea assignments include the Bear Aces of VAW-124 as a junior officer where he participated in Operations Noble Anvil, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom, onboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71); and the Tigertails of VAW-125 as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor and then as a department head where he participated in Operations Unified Response, New Dawn, and Enduring Freedom onboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
Ashore, Commander Gaydash served as a Weapons and Tactics Instructor at the Hawkeye Weapons and Tactics Unit, Atlantic, Norfolk, VA; Flag Lieutenant to Commander, Naval Installations Command, Washington, D.C.; the VAW/VRC Placement Officer (PERS-433C) at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN and most recently as the Executive Officer of the Greyhawks of VAW-120, the E-2/C-2 Fleet Replacement Squadron in Norfolk, VA.
Commander Gaydash has flown over 100 combat missions and logged over 1900 hours in various models of the E-2C Hawkeye. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (1 individual, 4 Strike/Flight), the Navy Commendation Medal (5 Awards) the Navy Achievement Medal (3 Awards) and various other medals, unit and campaign awards.