Andrew "Grand" Mariner
United States Navy
CDR Mariner, a native of Fargo, ND, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2000 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He was winged in Meridian, MS in 2002, and ordered to the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” at NAS Lemoore, CA to train in the F/A-18E. He subsequently reported to the VFA-14 “Tophatters” in June of 2003 and deployed twice with CVW-11 and USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and once aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) in support of a homeport change to San Diego, CA.
In July 2006, CDR Mariner attended the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) with follow-on orders to Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific (SFWSP) as a tactics instructor.
In January 2009, he joined the VFA-27 “Royal Maces” as the training officer, deploying with CVW-5 in Atsugi, Japan. He completed multiple deployments aboard USS George Washington (CVN-73) in support of various U.S. and international exercises.
In February 2011, he joined the VFA-192 “Golden Dragons” as a department head at NAS Lemoore, CA. There he deployed with CVW-9 embarked in USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on two extended combat deployments in support of Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.
In June 2014, he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI receiving a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. While in Newport, he was also a member of the Naval Staff College Class of 2014.
In June 2014, CDR Mariner reported as Executive Officer of VFA-105 with 2,600 flight hours and 680 arrested landings. His awards include the Strike Flight Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (3 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards)