VFA-103 Commanding Officer: CDR Martin Weyenberg
CDR Martin L. Weyenberg is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Shorter University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and received his commission through Officer Candidate School (OCS) in the spring of 1998. He was designated a Naval Aviator in 2000 and reported to the Gladiators of VFA-106 in Virginia Beach, Virginia for training in the FA-18C Hornet.
Commander Weyenberg's initial fleet assignment was to the Knighthawks of VFA-136 (2000-2003) where he deployed with USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In September 2003, CDR Weyenberg reported to the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (NAWDC) in Fallon, Nevada and attended the Navy Fighter Weapon School, TOPGUN, where he remained as an instructor upon graduation (2003-2006). He then reported to the Sunliners of VFA-81 (2006-2008) in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served as the Training Officer and deployed twice with USS NIMITZ (CVN-68) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Western Pacific operations. In July 2008, CDR Weyenberg attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island and earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. CDR Weyenberg then reported to the Knighthawks of VFA-136 (2009-2011) for his Department Head tour, where he served as Admin Officer, Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. During this tour CDR Weyenberg deployed with USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, as well as activities in the Horn of Africa (HOA).
In the summer of 2011, CDR Weyenberg reported to USSOCOM's Interagency Task Force (IATF) (2011-2013) where he was assigned to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) in the National Capitol Region (NCR). CDR Weyenberg worked U.S. whole-of-government counterterrorism policy, strategy and plans in NCTC's Directorate for Strategic and Operational Planning (DSOP) under the leadership of VADM LeFever.
Commander Weyenberg commanded the VFA-34 Blue Blasters from September 2014 to November 2015, which ended with a SOUTHERN SEAS deployment aboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) and various international mil-to-mil exercises with foreign militaries in South America. He then assumed command of the VFA 103 Jolly Rogers in February 2016 aboard USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.
CDR Weyenberg has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous campaign and unit citations. He has accumulated over 500 arrested landings and over 2600 flight hours.