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Commander, Naval Air Forces > VRC-40 > XO

William C. Kluttz

Executive Officer

CDR Bill “Rooster” Kluttz is a native of Salisbury, North Carolina. He enlisted in the United States Navy in September 1993 and deployed with the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), as a Machinist Mate for Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and DENY FLIGHT.

After completing his enlistment, he attended North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.  He rejoined the Navy through the Officer Candidate School program in Pensacola, Florida in January 1998 and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2000.  

His first sea duty assignment was with the “Rawhides” of VRC-40, reporting in May of 2001. 

He deployed with the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65), during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.  In January 2003, he then deployed with the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), in support of combat operations during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  Upon return, he served as the squadron’s Training Officer and Head LSO. 

From November 2004 to August 2005, CDR Kluttz was a flight instructor with VT-22 in Kingsville, Texas, flying the T-45C Goshawk.  He then served as the Flag Aide for the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) from September 2005 to January 2007. 

Following his shore tour, CDR Kluttz served from February 2007 to 2009 as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer or “Shooter” aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72), and was also the V-2 and V-4 Division Officer.   In March 2009 he reported to VRC-30 “Providers” for his Department Head tour where he again deployed with the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72), as the Officer-in-Charge of Detachment TWO.  He also served as the squadron’s Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. 

In January 2012, CDR Kluttz reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, graduating with a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.  He was then assigned as a Joint Working Group Lead (JWG) to the Joint Staff, J35 South Directorate (Regional, Force Management and Future Operations).

CDR Kluttz has accumulated over 2000 flight hours and over 200 carrier landings.  His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various command and service awards.