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Commanding Officer
Cmdr. Michael Luebkert
 



VAW-123 COCmdr. Michael R. Luebkert, a native of Midlothian, Virginia, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a B.S. in Systems Engineering.  After graduation, he reported to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and earned a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  After graduate study, he received his naval aviator wings in March 2008 from Training Air Wing 2 in Kingsville, Texas and reported to Airborne Command & Control Squadron (VAW) 120 in Norfolk, Virginia for fleet replacement training in the E-2C Hawkeye.

In November 2008, Luebkert reported to the VAW-125 “Tigertails” in Norfolk, Virginia.  While attached to VAW-125, he supported the VAW-77 “Nightwolves” during counter-narcotic operations in support of the war on drugs based out of Comalapa, El Salvador.  He deployed with Carrier Air Wing 17 onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) three times, once during the USS Carl Vinson homeport change from Norfolk, Virginia to San Diego, California in support of Operation Unified Response after the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and twice in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.  During this tour, COMACCLOGWING selected him as the 2012 East Coast Hawkeye Pilot of the Year (Sea).

In 2012, Luebkert was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland and graduated with Class 143 in June 2013.  Following graduation, he was assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 as a test pilot and project officer on the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, supporting DSSC-2 testing, EMALS, and other Category “C” air-vehicle testing.  He was also the lead test pilot on the T-6A Rudder Binding test program.

In April 2016, Luebkert returned to Norfolk, Virginia and reported to the “Tigertails” of VAW-125 where he served as the safety, administrative, maintenance and operations officer.  As the administrative officer, he played a vital role during the 2017 homeport change from Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, bringing the E-2D to FDNF.  He completed four patrols with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5 onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76).

Upon completion of his tour with the “Tigertails”, Luebkert reported to Naval Air Station Fallon where he served as the executive officer of the Carrier Airborne Early Warning Weapons School (CAEWWS) at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC).

Commander Luebkert has accumulated over 3,500 hours in 27 different aircraft.  His personal decorations include the Air Medal (three Strike/Flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various campaign, service, and unit awards.

 
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