CDR STACY L. UTTECHT
Commanding Officer, VFA-32
United States Navy
Commander Stacy L. Uttecht is a native of Lubbock, Texas. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2000, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and was commissioned an Ensign. CDR Uttecht was designated a Naval Flight Officer in June of 2002 and selected for training in the F-14 Tomcat with the “Grim Reapers” of Fighter Squadron (VF) 101 at NAS Oceana, Virginia.
Commander Uttecht’s first operational tour was with the “Jolly Rogers” of VF-103 where she deployed on the final voyage of the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CVN 67) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. After returning from this deployment, VF-103 retired their F-14’s, she began training in the new F/A-18F Super Hornet, and became a Weapons Systems Operator.
After her tour with Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, CDR Uttecht received orders to instruct at the Fleet Replacement Squadron, the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, Virginia. During her tour as a Gladiator, she was selected to represent the Navy as a member of the 2007 Super Hornet Demonstration Team, performing in 13 air shows across the country and was the NATOPS Unit Evaluator for all East Coast Super Hornet squadrons.
Following her tour at VFA-106, Commander Uttecht volunteered for a GSA assignment with the 319th Special Operations Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida. During this assignment, she deployed to Afghanistan and flew 160 combat sorties in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). While deployed, she served as the Navy Request for Forces Assistant OIC. Following her GSA, Commander Uttecht reported to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island where she earned a MA in National Security and Strategic Studies in June of 2011.
Follow on orders brought her back to NAS Oceana with the “Red Rippers” of VFA-11 as a Department Head and served as the Safety, Administrative and Maintenance Officer. She deployed on the last cruise of the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in support of OEF. In 2013, Commander Uttecht reported to Commander, Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet as the VFA Readiness Officer where she managed readiness for all West Coast F/A-18 squadrons and one F-35C squadron. Commander Uttecht currently serves as Commanding Officer of VFA-32, “The Fighting Swordsmen.”
Commander Uttecht has logged over 3,100 flight hours and more than 300 carrier arrested landings. Her personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medals (ten awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals (2 awards), and numerous other campaign and unit awards.