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Executive Officer
Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron (VP) 30 FRS
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Executive Officer
Cmdr. Eric Andrews


Cmdr. Eric Andrews, a native of Lincoln, Nebraska, graduated from Fordham University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and was designated a naval aviator in October 2004. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Leadership from St. Bonaventure University in 2020. 

Andrew’s sea duty assignments include an operational tour with Patrol Squadron(VP) Ten, where he completed deployments to the 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AOR) while supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom, Active Endeavor, and Enduring Freedom - Philippines; assistant navigator aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), making the ship’s maiden deployment, operating in the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs while supporting Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom, and where he was recognized as the 2011 Naval Air Force Atlantic Junior Officer Ship Handler of the Year; department head, VP-5, where he embarked on the second-ever P-8A operational deployment to the 7th Fleet AOR; and executive officer and then 74th Commanding Officer of VP-26, during which the squadron deployed to the 6th, 4th, and 7th Fleet AORs and were recognized with the Captain Arnold Jay Isbell Trophy for air Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) excellence. 

Shore assignments include two previous tours at VP-30, first as a P-3C Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) instructor pilot (IP), Fleet NATOPS evaluator, instructor-under-training (IUT) IP, and Orion Weapons tactics instructor; then as FRS training officer overseeing all initial, refresher, and platform transition training for P-3C, EP-3E, P-8A, and MQ-4C, while also serving as P-8A FRS IP, Fleet NATOPS Evaluator, IUT IP, Formation IP, and Aerial Refueling IP. He also served ashore on the Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group/Patrol and Reconnaissance Group Pacific (CPRG/P) staff as N3/N9, director of operations and war.

Andrews has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours throughout his naval career, primarily in the P-3C Orion and P-8A Poseidon. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (3), Air Medal (Strike/Flight), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and other personal, campaign, and service ribbons. 

In June 2022, Andrews reported for his third staff tour with the VP-30 Pro’s Nest, this time as executive officer.

 

 
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