COMMANDER TERRANCE D. O'NEILL, UNITED STATES NAVY
Commander Terrance D. O'Neill is a native of Blair, Nebraska. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1997 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was designated a Naval Aviator in Kingsville, Texas in 2000.
After completeing Fleet Replacement Training in the FA-18 Hornet at VFA-125, NAS Lemoore CA, CDR O'Neill reported to the Blue Diamonds of VFA-146. While with the Blue Diamonds CDR O'Neill deployed aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in the months following 9/11 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He also completed a subsequent deployment to the Western Pacific aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70). While with VFA-146 he served as Schedules Officer, Administrative Officer, Quality Assurance Officer, became a Wing Qualified Landing Signals Officer and was selected to attend the Strike Fighter Weapons and Tactics course at TOPGUN with follow on orders to become a member of the staff.
CDR O'Neill graduated from TOPGUN in March of 2004 an subsequently became the AGM-88 HARM and Suppression of Enemy Air Defense subject matter expert. He was also part of the initial cadre of F-16 Fighting Falcon instuctors on staff.
In December of 2007 CDR O'Neill once again reported to VFA-25 in Lemoore, CA to complete Carrier Qualification prior to reporting to the World Famous Golden Dragons of VFA-192 foward deployed at NAF Atsugi, Japan. While serving as the Training Officer for VFA-192 he completed two anuual deployment cycles onbaord USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63).
In August 2008 CDR O'Neill reported to the VFA-86 Sidewinders where he served as the Administrative, Operations, and Maintenance Officer. He deployed once again in supposrt of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS NIMITZ (CVN -68).
After completion of his tour with VFA-86, CDR O'Neill reported to United States Strategic Command in Omaha, NE to serve as Strike Advisor to the President of the United States regarding the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs nuclear war plan. In addition to his Strike Advisor duties he conducted Intergrated Mission Area Training exercises for the Flag Officers of USSTRATCOM as well as senior military and Department of Defense personnel to include the Secretary of Defense. In May 2014, he assumed his current role as the Executive Officer of the "Pukin' Dogs" of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FOUR THREE.
CDR O'Neill's personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and various campaign and unit citations. He has accumulated over 600 arrested landings and 2,700 hours of flight time.