Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron
One Two Six
NS Norfolk, VA
Commander Wastak joined VAW-126 in June 2015 from his most recent assignment as a Secretary of Defense Orders Writer on the Joint Staff, J35 South Directorate.
A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Wastak was commissioned in 1998 via the Naval ROTC scholarship program at the Ohio State University and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in February 2001. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and is a George Washington University Organizational Management Fellow where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in 2009.
Wastak’s operational assignments include tours with VAW-123 as a junior officer, VAW-125 as a Department Head and a Flag Aide to Commander, Carrier Strike Group Twelve (CSG-12). He has deployed and served on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and USS Gettysburg (CG-64) in support of OPERATION’s Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Summer Pulse 2004, Baltic Operations 2008, and OPERATION Unified Response in Haiti. He was selected as the 2004 Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer of the Year while serving with VAW-123 and awarded the 2010 Navy and Marine Corps Association 0-4 Leadership Award while serving with VAW-125.
Ashore, Wastak served as an instructor Naval Flight Officer at VAW-120 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) where he qualified in all variants of the E-2C Hawkeye and was a Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Evaluator. In May of 2012, he reported to the Joint Staff, J35 South Directorate (Regional, Force Management and Future Operations) at NSA Hampton Roads in Norfolk, VA. He served as the Aviation Joint Working Group (JWG) Lead and a Secretary of Defense Orders Writer responsible for sourcing rotational and emergent solutions for Geographic Combatant Command requirements.
Wastak has logged more than 2,000 hours in the E-2C Hawkeye and flown more than 90 combat missions with U.S. Navy. His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, strike flight Air Medals, Navy Commendation Medals, and Navy Achievement Medals as well as other individual, campaign and unit awards. He has been married to the former Allison Seipp, a native of Warrensburg, Missouri, and has one daughter, named Ashlynn.