Cmdr. Michael Wolfe
Cmdr. Michael Wolfe hails from Louisville, Kentucky and enlisted in the Navy in January 2002 as an aviation electrician's mate. After completion of his recruit training and AE “A” school, he reported to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30 onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, FL. While on active duty, he completed his college degree from Southern Illinois University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Systems Technologies. Upon completion of his degree, Wolfe was selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) and received his commission in August of 2005.
He completed his primary and intermediate flight training at NAS Pensacola and Randolph Air Force Base earning his “Wings of Gold” as a naval aviator in June of 2007. He went on to complete his initial training in the P-3C Orion at VP-30, the P-3 Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS).
Wolfe reported to the Fighting Tigers of Patrol VP-8 aboard NAS Brunswick, Maine in April 2008. While aboard, he completed deployments to U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility supporting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He qualified as an instructor tactical coordinator, weapons and tactics instructor and mission commander and served as legal officer, line division officer, operations division officer and NFO training officer.
Upon completion of his first Fleet tour, Wolfe was selected to return to VP-30, the “Pro’s Nest”, as a P-3C FRS NFO instructor in May 2011. He served as the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School (MPRWS) Anti-Surface Warfare (ASUW) subject matter expert (SME). As the MPRWS ASUW SME he was integral in the rewriting of multiple tactical publications and provided Fleet wide support for ASUW mission sets. Wolfe finished his tour at VP-30 as the NFO training officer, where he was directly responsible for managing the training and familiarization of all categories of replacement naval flight officers in the P-3C aircraft.
Wolfe later served as a catapult and arresting gear officer (shooter) aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), conducting an eight month deployment to U.S. 5th Fleet. He served as the V-1 and V-5 division officer and qualified as assistant air officer, a watch station normally stood by an O-5.
Following a P-8 transition, he reported to the “War Eagles” of VP-16 for his department head tour where he served as the tactics officer, future operations officer and operations officer for U.S. 4th, 6th and 7th Fleet deployments culminating in the squadron winning the 2019 Battle “E” award.
Most recently, Wolfe served as the training officer of the Fleet’s largest Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) where he oversaw the training of all pilots, naval flight officers and enlisted aircrewman for 14 operation squadrons and two reserve squadrons.
Wolfe’s personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), Air Medal (2 awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 awards), and Good Conduct Medal, along with other unit and service awards.
Wolfe reported to VP-26 as executive officer in May 2021, and became the commanding officer in June 2022.