Cmdr. Justin M. Murgia
Cmdr. Justin Murgia is a native of Austin, Texas and graduated the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2004. Murgia began flight training in Pensacola, Florida where he selected the E-2C Hawkeye. He then reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia and earned his naval flight officer (NFO) wings in November 2006.
Following training, Murgia reported to VAW-121 based in Norfolk, Virginia. While attached to the "Bluetails”, Murgia deployed twice aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, flying over 80 combat sorties. In between deployments, Murgia was selected and qualified as a level IV instructor combat information center officer through attendance in Airborne Mission Commander’s Course.
Ashore, Murgia reported back to VAW-120 as a flight instructor, where he served in various roles in student control and training while providing instruction and mentorship for over 120 student NFOs. As an E-2C training officer, Murgia completely revamped the E-2C NFO training syllabus. While balancing his work with students, he earned his Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas.
After his tour at the VAW-120, Murgia left active duty and immediately selected and continued to serve as a reservist attached to Airborne Command & Control and Logistics Wing Squadron Augment Unit (SAU) where he serves today as the commanding officer.
Murgia has amassed over 1600 military flight hours and his personal awards include the Air Medal (4x), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2x), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has also received various unit and service awards.
In his civilian role, Murgia works as a Program Manager for Collins Aerospace in their E-2 Simulation and Training portfolio in Sterling, Virginia.