Gregory J. Schmeiser is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1990 where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, with distinction.
Following commissioning, he completed flight training in Pensacola, FL and Corpus Christi, TX and was designated a Naval Aviator in 1992. Following flight school, he completed P3 Fleet Replacement Squadron training at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30) in Jacksonville, FL and reported to Patrol Squadron Sixteen (VP-16) in Jacksonville, FL for duty from 1993 to 1997. While in VP-16, he served as Assistant Tactics Officer and Pilot NATOPS Officer. He was a crew-holding Patrol Plane Commander, Mission Commander, and Instructor Pilot and deployed to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico; Keflavik, Iceland; and Sigonella, Sicily.
In 1997, he reported back to VP-30 as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He was a plank owner of VP-30’s Anti-Surface Warfare Improvement Program (AIP) Fleet Introduction Team and completed several extended detachments teaching new technology to fleet squadrons. After completing a lateral transfer to the Oceanography Community in 1998, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, where he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, with distinction, in 2001.
Following NPS, he was assigned to the Naval Atlantic Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Norfolk, VA from 2001 to 2003, where he served as Senior Watch Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. His next assignment was ship’s Meteorologist in USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75) from 2003 to 2005. While assigned to TRUMAN, he qualified as a Tactical Action Officer (TAO) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
He next served as Executive Officer of Strike Group Oceanography Team Norfolk from 2005 to 2007 and then as Staff Oceanographer for Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group from 2007 to 2010. In 2010 he reported to Commander Undersea Surveillance where he was the Chief Staff Officer from 2010 to 2012. From 2012 to 2015, he served at Tactical Training Group Atlantic as an oceanography instructor and Carrier Strike Group integrated phase training scheduler.
He retired from active duty in October 2015 and was subsequently selected to serve as the Deputy Commander / Executive Director, Commander Undersea Surveillance. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit and campaign awards.*
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