Commander Robert J. Perez, USN
STRIKE FIGHTER SQUADRON THREE SEVEN
NAS OCEANA, VA
CDR Perez was born in Redbank, New Jersey and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy in 2000.
Designated a Naval Aviator in August of 2002, he reported to VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, for pilot training in the FA-18C Hornet. His first operational assignment was with the Ragin’ Bulls of VFA-37 and deployed aboard the USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from October 2004 to April 2005.
In September 2007, CDR Perez completed the Navy’s Fighter Weapons School TOPGUN and reported to the Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor.
Upon completion of his instructor duty, CDR Perez reported to the Rampagers of VFA-83 in December 2009 as the Training Officer and deployed aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN-69) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from January to July of 2010.
In September of 2011, CDR Perez reported to the Ragin’ Bulls of VFA-37 as a Department Head and served as the Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer. During this tour, he completed one deployment onboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN-75) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After completing his Department Head tour, CDR Perez reported to Joint Staff Hampton Roads J6 and served as an Action Officer in the Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Assessments Division (C4AD) in Suffolk, VA. Following his tour on the Joint Staff, CDR Perez returned to flight duty with VFA-106, where he completed refresher training for the FA-18C Hornet before returning to the Ragin’ Bulls of VFA-37 as Executive Officer in July 2016.
Commander Perez has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours and over 400 carrier arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (4 awards), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service awards. He is most proud of his various unit awards, including the Michael J. Estocin Award, which reflects credit on the successful teams with whom he has served.