Captain William A. Fitzgerald, USN
Captain Will Fitzgerald was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. In February 1987 he completed flight school on the Commodore’s List with Distinction and was designated a Naval Aviator.
Captain Fitzgerald’s squadron commands include the Red Lancers of Patrol Squadron TEN (VP-10) at NAS Brunswick, Maine (1987-1991), the P-3 FRS, Patrol Squadron THIRTY (VP-30) in Jacksonville, Florida (1991-1994), and the Golden Swordsmen of Patrol Squadron FOUR SEVEN (VP-47) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii (1997-1998). In March of 2002, Captain Fitzgerald reported to the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron FORTY-FIVE (VP-45) in Jacksonville, Florida as Executive Officer. In April 2003, he assumed duties as Commanding Officer of VP-45, where he led his squadron to a highly successful Mediterranean deployment. His squadron won the 2003 Safety Award and Golden Wrench Award for maintenance excellence.
Other sea duty assignments include the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65) as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer (1994-1996) where he earned designation as Officer of the Deck (In-Port), Helicopter Control Officer, and Conning Officer Alongside; and on the staff of the Commander, Naval Forces Europe and Commander, Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy where he served first as the Air Operations Officer and Deputy for Transformation, and then as the Deputy Director, Operational Net Assessment (ONA) and Assistant Deputy Director for Assessments (N9) (2005-2008).
Captain Fitzgerald’s shore duty assignments include the staff of the Commander, Atlantic Fleet where he served as the Deputy Director for Plans and Policy for the North Atlantic, Western and Central Europe (1996); and on the OPNAV staff at the Pentagon as the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director, Air Warfare (N88) (1998-2000).
His post graduate education is from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (2000-2001) where he received a Masters of Science degree in National Resource Strategy, and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government (2004-2005) as the Navy’s Arthur S. Moreau program selectee where he received a Masters in Public Administration. Additionally, he attended the Department of Defense National Security Studies Program, Senior Manager’s Course at the George Washington University, Elliot School of International Affairs (2007), and the Navy Corporate Business Course at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia (2008).
In May 2008 Captain Fitzgerald assumed command of Naval Air Station Brunswick, ME as the base’s 36th and final Commanding Officer, where he executed the shutdown of the base due to BRAC 05 in May 2011.
Captain Fitzgerald is authorized to wear the Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), as well as various service and unit awards.
LtCol Eric Gillard
Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was born in Portland, Oregon on 02 March 1970. He graduated from Kingwood High School, Kingwood, Texas in 1988 and attended Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Program (ROTC) in 1992. Upon completion of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, he reported to MATSG Pensacola in November 1993 for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in September 1995. Subsequently, he reported to HMT-204, MCAS New River for training in the CH-46E.
After completion of Replacement Aircrew Training in April 1996, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard reported to HMM-365, MAG-29, MCAS New River, where he served in the S-4. In November of that same year, HMM-365 deployed as part of the 26 MEU. While embarked with the 26 MEU, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard participated in Operation Joint Endeavor which provided support to operations in Bosnia and Operation Silverwake which was a Non-Combatant Evacuation of U. S. Personnel from Albania. Upon return from deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was assigned to the Operations Department where he served as schedule writer, pilot training officer, and Future Operations officer. In November of 1998 he completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. In April of 1999, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard once again deployed with HMM-365 and the 26 MEU. During this deployment, he participated in Operations Noble Anvil, Allied Force, Shining Hope, and Joint Guardian in support of missions in Kosovo. Also during this deployment HMM-365 conducted Humanitarian Operations in support of earthquake victims in Turkey. Prior to the end of his second deployment, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was assigned as the Assistant Maintenance Officer for HMM-365 where he served until being transferred to Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1), MCAS Yuma AZ.
In April of 2000, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard reported to MAWTS-1 where he served as the NATOPS officer and member of the CH-46E instructor division. While at MAWTS-1, he instructed 5 WTI courses and conducted numerous fleet support training missions.
Upon completion of his tour of duty at MAWTS-1, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard transitioned to the KC-130 and was assigned to VMGR-352, MCAS Miramar CA. While assigned to the “Raiders”, he served as the Director of Standardization and Safety, the Operations Officer, the Maintenance Officer, and the Executive Officer. In March 2004, he deployed as part of 3MAW’s Fusion Cell in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and again in 2006 as the KC-130 detachment Operations officer for OIF 05-07 Al Asad airbase, Iraq.
From June 2007 to June 2008 Lieutenant Colonel Gillard attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI earning a Master’s Degree in National Security Policy.
From July 2008 until June 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard was assigned to HQ USSOCOM, Tampa FL where he served as a requirements officer and executive officer for the J7.
In July 2010, Lieutenant Colonel Gillard once again transitioned aircraft, this time into the MV-22B Osprey. He was reassigned to MAG-16, MCAS Miramar and commanded VMM-161 from April 2011 – March 2013. During his time in command, LtCol Gillard led the “Greyhawks” on a deployment to Afghanistan in support of OEF 12.2.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4 stars), and Air Medal (“8” Strike/Flight awards). He is married to the former Ms. Carrie Culp of Houston, Texas. They have two sons, Jackson and Carter, and one daughter, Grace.
Capt Andrew Nelson
Phone: (936) 261-1627
SSgt Marcus Williams
Assistant Marine Officer Instructor
Phone: (936) 261-1633
LCDR Chris Whitman
LT Terence Gilbert
Surface Warfare Officer
Ms. Ada Bennett
Human Resource Assistant
Ms. Barbara Martin
Phone: 936 261-1622
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