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​CDR Jason A. Dalby
Commanding Officer VFA-87

Commander Jason Dalby is from Hannibal, Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  Designated as a Naval Aviator in March 2003, he reported to the Gladiators of VFA-106 for initial flight training in the F/A-18 Hornet.  In May 2004, he reported to the VFA-82 Marauders at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, South Carolina with whom he deployed on the USS Enterprise and USS Abraham Lincoln in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  In March 2005, Commander Dalby reported to the VFA-86 Sidewinders as the Marauders were being disestablished and he completed another combat deployment aboard USS Enterprise in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
In May 2007, Commander Dalby received orders to the Rough Raiders of VFA-125 in Lemoore, California where he served as an F/A-18 Instructor Pilot and Landing Signal Officer (LSO).
In January 2010 following his instructor tour, Commander Dalby transferred to Carrier Air Wing Seventeen where he served as Air Wing LSO.  Commander Dalby completed two deployments as “CAG Paddles” aboard USS Carl Vinson. 
In May 2011, Commander Dalby reported to his department head tour with VFA-151 Vigilantes in Lemoore, California.  During this time, he completed one combat deployment with the Vigilantes aboard USS Abraham Lincoln in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
After departing VFA-151 in September 2013, Commander Dalby reported to the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.  During this time, he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. 
In December 2014, Commander Dalby reported to the Joint Deployable Analysis Team (JDAT) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida for a Joint Staff tour.  While at Eglin, Commander Dalby earned a Master of Business Administration from Salve Regina University and was selected for command and slated as the executive officer of the Golden Warriors of VFA-87.
Commander Dalby has accumulated over 2,100 flight hours and 500 carrier arrested landings.  His decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards.