CDR Geoffrey K. Vickers, USN
Strike Fighter Squadron EIGHT SEVEN
Commander Geoffrey "Vart" Vickers grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania and attended the United States Merchant Academy in Kings Point, New York. He graduated and received his commission in June of 1995. Commander Vickers was designated a Naval Aviator in December1998 and reported to the Grim Reapers of VF-101 for training in the F-14D Tomcat.
Commander Vickers' initial fleet assignment was to the Blacklions of VF-213. From November 1999 to April 2003 he completed two combat deployments aboard USS CARL VINSON and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT flying during the opening days of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. In April 2003, CDR Vickers reported to the Gladiators of VFA-106 to transition to the FA-18 hornet and remained there as an instructor pilot and Assistant Training Officer.
In June 2006, Commander Vickers reported to the Rampagers of VFA-83 where he served as the Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer, completing an extended deployment aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and Horn of Africa Operations.
In October 2008, Commander Vickers reported to to United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia as an Inspector General. During his tour at USJFCOM CDR Vickers deployed as an individual augmentee to the Combined Security Transition Command - Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan as a strategic planner and mentor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior Strategic Plans Directorate.
Commander Vickers reported to the VFA-87 Golden Warriors and assumed duties as Executive Officer in September 2011. Commander Vickers assumed command of the squadron on december 14, 2012.
Commander Vickers has accumulated over 2,500 flight hours and more than 400 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal (six awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards.