[ Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief ]_____________________________________________________________________________
Commander Joshua Sager, a native of New London, Connecticut was raised in Stuart, Florida. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1995 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Control Systems Engineering. He earned his Wings of Gold in August of 1997 in Kingsville, Texas and was selected to fly the FA-18 Hornet.
He then reported to NAS Cecil Field, Florida and The Gladiators of VFA-106 for training as an FA-18 pilot. Upon completion of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, he was assigned to The World Famous Golden Dragons of VFA-192 in Atsugi, Japan, completing three deployments with Carrier Air Wing FIVE (CVW-5) onboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63). While assigned to The World Famous Golden Dragons, he participated in Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM as well as Exercise FOAL EAGLE.
Following his first fleet tour, Commander Sager served as an Instructor Pilot and Landing Signals Officer with The Gladiators of VFA-106 at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, serving as the East Coast FA-18 A-D NATOPS Model Manager and Strike Phase Standardization Officer. Following instructor duty, he served with Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17) as Air Wing Safety Officer and CAG Landing Signals Officer, deployed onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67). While assigned to CVW-17, he deployed in 2004 and flew missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation PHANTOM FURY. In 2006, Commander Sager was assigned to The Sunliners as a Department Head, serving as the Safety Officer, Administrative Officer, Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. During this tour, he completed one deployment onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73), supporting Partnership of the Americas and two deployments onboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
Once finished with his Department Head tour, Commander Sager attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he graduated with distinction, earning a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Following a 14-month “combat tour” in Boston, Massachusetts, Commander Sager was found to be cancer-free and returned to a fully deployable flight duty status.
Commander Sager has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and nearly 800 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Strike/Flight Air Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (five awards, one with Combat “V”), the Navy Achievement Medal and numerous campaign, service and unit awards. He was also selected as the VFA-106 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Naval Air Forces Atlantic Landing Signals Officer of the Year and was the recipient of the Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Mike Longardt Award for Leadership.
Following service as Executive Officer of the VFA-106 Gladiators, Commander Sager proudly reported to The Red Rippers as Executive Officer in August 2012, flying missions in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as part of the USS ENTERPRISE’s final deployment.
Commander Sager lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his lovely wife and son.