Commander Brian M. Lauber
Commanding Officer VFA-105
CDR Brian Lauber is a native of New Providence, NJ. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and received his commission in May 2000. He was designated a Naval Aviator in September 2003.
After initial training in the F/A-18E Super Hornet, CDR Lauber reported to the ‘Royal Maces’ of VFA-27 in Atsugi, Japan. While there, he served as the Line Division Officer, Schedules Officer, NATOPS Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and completed six Western Pacific patrols onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CVN-63). In August 2007, he joined the ‘Gladiators’ of VFA-106 as an instructor pilot and served as the Ground Training Officer and Transition Phase Head. During this tour, he also augmented the ‘Gunslingers’ of VFA-105 for three months during their 2008 deployment and flew combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In September 2010, CDR Lauber reported to the ‘Mighty Shrikes’ of VFA-94 where he served as the Safety, Logistics, Maintenance and Operations Officer while completing one expeditionary Unit Deployment Program deployment to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan before transitioning to Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN (CVW-17). After his Department Head tour, CDR Lauber attended the College of Naval Command and Staff at the Naval War College in Newport, RI where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies, graduating with Highest Distinction. In November 2014, CDR Lauber reported to Joint Forces Staff College for joint duty as Military Faculty instructing in the Joint Command, Control and Information Operations School. After F/A-18E Super Hornet refresher training, CDR Lauber became the Executive Officer of the “Gunslingers” in April 2018.
CDR Lauber has accumulated over 2500 flight hours and 400 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various other personal, unit, and campaign awards, all of which were made possible by the talented and dedicated shipmates he has served with during his career.