Tracey J. Gendreau
Commander Tracey J. Gendreau was born in Pensacola, Florida and graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Piloting. He was commissioned an Ensign through Officer Candidate School in 1997 and earned his wings of gold in 1999.
Commander Gendreau’s operational assignments began with the “Black Aces” of VF and VFA-41 from 2000 to 2003. He deployed on the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in 2001 and flew combat sorties in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and the first combat sorties in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. In November 2001, the “Black Aces” moved to NAS Lemoore, CA where they transitioned to the FA-18F Super Hornet. He deployed on the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in 2003 and flew combat sorties in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. From 2006 to 2008, Commander Gendreau performed duties on the staff of Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN. He deployed on the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in 2007 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He also deployed on the USS NIMITZ in 2008, supporting COMMANDER SEVENTH FLEET regional objectives. From 2008 to 2010, Commander Gendreau reported back to the “Black Aces” for his department head tour. He deployed on the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
Shore assignments include: VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore as an FA-18E/F flight instructor from 2003 to 2006; the United States Naval War College from 2010 to 2011, where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies; and Joint Functional Component Command Integrated Missile Defense, in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 2011 to 2013.
Commander Gendreau has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and 830 arrested landings. His awards include the Commander Naval Air Forces Pacific 2010 Pilot of the Year and the National Order of Daedalians 2010 Exceptional Pilot awards, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Strike/Flight Air Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with combat “V”), one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and numerous other unit and campaign awards.