[ Commanding Officer | Executive Officer | Command Master Chief ]_____________________________________________________________
CDR Eric McQueen
Commander Eric McQueen is from Phoenix, Arizona, graduated from Arizona State University in 2000 with a Bachelor Degree in Business Finance and earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings of Gold in August 2002.
CDR McQueen’s first operational assignment was with the VFA-2 BOUNTY HUNTERS stationed at NAS Lemoore, CA from July 2003 to August 2006. During this tour he completed two Western Pacific deployments aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) with CARRIER AIR WING TWO (CVW-2) in support of 7th Fleet operations and provided tsunami relief aide to Indonesia during Operation Unified Assistance. CDR McQueen and CDR Fulwider served together as first tour Junior Officers with VFA-2 after completing initial Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) training at VFA-122.
In August 2006 CDR McQueen reported to TOPGUN at NAS Fallon, NV and completed the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor Course before joining the staff as a TOPGUN Instructor. While in Fallon he was a Strike Fighter Level V Instructor and the Navy’s Strike Fighter Subject Matter Expert on Laser Guided Weapons and Air-to-Ground Mission Planning.
CDR McQueen next reported to the VFA-32 SWORDSMEN stationed at NAS Oceana, VA as the squadron Training Officer from July 2009 to July 2011. During this tour he completed a combat deployment as part of CARRIER AIR WING THREE (CVW-3) aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) in support of 5th Fleet Operations and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Following his Training Officer tour CDR McQueen attended the Army Command and General Staff College located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he completed the requirements for JPME 1 certification and earned a master’s degree from Central Michigan University.
In 2012 he returned to the SWORDSMEN of VFA-32 as a Department Head and again deployed to the 5th Fleet AOR as part of CARRIER AIR WING THREE (CVW-3) and USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) to support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In Feb 2015 he left VFA-32 and was assigned to Navy Personnel Command at NSA Millington, Tennessee, where he served as the VFA Junior Officer Detailer and the VFA East Coast Placement Officer.
CDR McQueen’s personal awards include three Air Medals, four Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, the 2011 Commander Strike Fighter Atlantic WSO of the Year award and various other campaign, service and unit awards. He has logged over 2500 flight hours in the F-18F Super Hornet.