Commander Adam “Angry” Heil, a native of Boise, Idaho, received his commission in 2001 from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.
Following graduation, he attended flight school and earned his Naval Aviator wings in July 2003 from VT-9 in Meridian, Mississippi. After completing flight training, Commander Heil reported to VAW-120, the “Greyhawks,” in Norfolk, Virginia, for training in the C-2A Greyhound.
Upon completion of his training as a Greyhound pilot, he reported to VRC-30, the “Providers,” in May of 2004. He completed two Western Pacific Cruises aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in 2004 and 2006 including Operation UNIFIED ASSISTANCE in support of the Indonesian tsunami relief efforts in 2005.
In September of 2007, he again reported to VAW-120, this time for duty as a FRS instructor. During his tour at VAW-120, he served in many capacities, including the C-2A NATOPS Program Manager and the AIRLANT/AIRPAC Evaluator.
In July 2010, he reported to the only permanently forward deployed C-2A detachment, VRC-30 Detachment FIVE attached to Carrier Air Wing FIVE and USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in Atsugi, Japan. As the Assistant Officer-in-Charge he again supported Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief efforts, this time in Operation TOMODACHI, assisting the Japanese after the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami in March 2011.
Commander Heil reported to VRC-40, the “Rawhides” as a Department Head in June 2012, serving as the squadron's Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer. He deployed as the Officer-in-Charge of Detachment FOUR attached to Carrier Air Wing THREE and USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (CVN 75) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In December 2014, Commander Heil reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to attain a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Financial Management and achieved the distinction of “Conrad Scholar.” Upon graduation, he transitioned to the role of a SECNAV Innovation Advisor assigned to the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in Silicon Valley.
He has accumulated over 3,100 flight hours and his personal awards include the Air Medal (individual action), the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards) and was twice named “Greyhound Pilot of the Year.”