Commander Doug Langenberg, a native of Lone Tree, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy in October 1988 and attended Recruit Training and Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. Following a tour as an instructor at Nuclear Power Training Unit, Idaho Falls, Idaho he was selected for the Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training (BOOST) program and attended prep school in San Diego, California. He received a ROTC scholarship and attended Iowa State University where he graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and received his commission. In August 1997 he was assigned to flight training in Pensacola, Florida and earned his Naval Flight Officer Wings in March 1999.
Following initial flight training, CDR Langenberg reported to the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 for instruction in the F-14 Tomcat. Trained as a Fleet Replacement, he was first assigned to the “Red Rippers” of VF-11 and from May 2000 until April 2003 he completed deployments on the aircraft carriers USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV 67) in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM. In May 2003 he reported to the “Flying Eagles” of VFA-122 in Lemoore, California, where he transitioned to the FA-18F and was assigned as a Fleet Replacement instructor.
In 2006 he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where he received a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and was assigned in March 2007 as the Strike Operations officer for Carrier Air Wing EIGHT. In September 2008, CDR Langenberg reported to the “Blacklions” of VFA-213 where he served as the Administrative, Maintenance and Operations Officers and deployed on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In October 2010 CDR Langenberg was assigned to the staff of Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic as the Strike Fighter Readiness officer and writer of the Master Aviation Plan. Selected for Strike Fighter command, CDR Langenberg reported to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 for refresher training in the FA-18F with orders to report to the VFA-213 “Blacklions” as Executive Officer in August 2014.
CDR Langenberg has accumulated 2400 flight hours. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal as well as various unit, campaign and service awards.