A native of Harrisburg, PA, Commander Weidner enlisted in the Navy in 1988. After completion of Avionics Technician “A” School, he reported to Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light FOUR TWO (HSL-42) at NAS Mayport, Florida. He completed three underway deployments and supported Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, and SUPPORT DEMOCRACY.
In January 1994, Commander Weidner reported to Naval Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Millington, Tennessee and performed duties as an “A” school instructor. He attended evening and weekend classes and earned his A.A.S in Electronic Technology from State Technical Institute at Memphis in June 1995 and earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University in September 1996.
Commander Weidner was selected to Officer Candidate School (OCS) in May 1997. Upon completion of OCS, he reported to Pensacola, Florida for flight training and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 1998. After completion of flight training, he reported to Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) Brunswick, Maine. He completed deployments to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico and Sigonella, Sicily, where VP-10 supported Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, DELIBERATE FORGE, and JOINT GUARDIAN. In February 2003, Commander Weidner reported to Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) Jacksonville, Florida as an FRS Instructor and earned designations as Fleet NATOPS NFO Evaluator and FRS Instructor Under Training (IUT) Instructor.
He served as an Aircraft Launch and Recovery Officer or “Shooter” aboard USS ENTERPRISE (CV-65) from October 2005 to May 2007. He deployed with ENTERPRISE in 2006 and conducted operations in the FIFTH, SIXTH, and SEVENTH Fleet.
Upon completion of his tour onboard ENTERPRISE, Commander Weidner attended the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He attended Webster University while at Fort Leavenworth and received a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management. In October 2008, Commander Weidner was assigned to Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) for his department head tour. He completed two FIFTH Fleet deployments and conducted flight operations in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
He was assigned to USSOUTHCOM in Miami, FL in September 2011 and performed duties on the Commander’s Special Staff. He was selected for Aviation Operational Command in April 2012. Following his tour at SOUTHCOM, Commander Weidner completed transition training to the P-8 Poseidon at VP-30.
In May 2014, CDR Weidner assumed the duties of Executive Officer, VP-45.
Commander Weidner has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (5 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), and various other unit awards.
He is married to his wife Crystal and they have six children; their son Shawn and daughters Marissa, Brooke, Jessica, Ella, and Lauren.