Commander Jeffrey A. Dermody, USN
Commander Dermody, a native of Bergenfield, New Jersey, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. After flight training at NAS Whiting Field, Florida, NAS Meridian, Mississippi and NAS Kingsville, Texas, he received his “Wings of Gold” in May 1999 and was selected to fly the F/A-18C “Hornet.” In June 1999, he reported to Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO FIVE at NAS Lemoore, California for Fleet Replacement Pilot training.
In August 2000, Commander Dermody joined the “World Famous Golden Dragons” of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE TWO, based at NAF Atsugi, Japan for his first fleet assignment. During his tour with VFA-192, Commander Dermody made two combat deployments, the first in November 2001 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan, and the second in February 2003 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, both times embarked in USS KITTY HAWK (CV-63).
Commander Dermody reported to the "Sharpshooters" of VMFAT-101 based in MCAS Miramar, California in October 2003 to serve as Fleet Replacement Instructor Pilot and Landing Signals Officer. As a "Sharpshooter" Commander Dermody served as Assistant Training Officer, Carrier Qualification Phase Head, and Assistant Operations Officer and participated in 13 Carrier Qualification detachments in the SoCal operating area.
In June 2006, following an arduous tour in Southern California, Commander Dermody reported to the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated in June, 2007 with a Masters of Arts in Military Arts and Sciences.
After refresher carrier qualification training at Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX, Commander Dermody reported to Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO FIVE, the "Gunslingers", in September 2007 for his Department Head tour. With VFA-105 he deployed aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) to the North Arabian Gulf in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While a “Gunslinger”, Commander Dermody served as the Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer and was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Association Leadership Award.
In October 2009, Commander Dermody reported to United States Naval Element, NATO AEW E-3A Component in Geilenkirchen, Germany as the Officer in Charge. While attached to the NATO Component, Commander Dermody qualified as Aircraft Commander piloting the E-3A AWACS and participated in 10 detachments across Europe and the United States in support of various NATO Exercises. Additionally, he deployed to Afghanistan as a member of the International Security Assistance Force and to Italy in support of Operation UNIFIED PROTECTOR.
In March 2012, he once again reported to Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO SIX for Fleet Replacement Pilot Training in the F/A-18E prior to reporting to the "Knighthawks" of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE THREE SIX.