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Commander Erin E. Flint



 

Commander Erin E. Flint

Commander Flint, a native of Gloversville, New York, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography, with merit, and was commissioned in the United States Navy.  After completing flight training at Whiting Field, Florida and Meridian, Mississippi, she was designated as a Naval Aviator in October 2004.
 
She completed initial F/A-18E/F training with VFA 122 in Lemoore, California and joined VFA 115 in Lemoore, California in September 2005.  In both 2006, 2007, and 2008 Commander Flint deployed with the “Talons” aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM.
 
In November 2008, Commander Flint reported to VFA 122 in Lemoore, California as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor.  At VFA 122 she served as the CAT Other Coordinator, AV/ARM Division Officer, and Demonstration Team Coordinator.
 
In March 2011, Commander Flint report to Carrier Air Wing Nine Staff as the Assistant Operations Office.  During this tour, she deployed in 2011 and 2012 aboard the USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of OPERATIONS NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM.  In February 2013, Commander Flint joined the “Vigilantes” of VFA 151 as a Department Head.  She served as Administrative Officer, Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer.  She also participated in the squadron transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet.
 
In October 2015, Commander Flint reported to United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany.  During this tour, she served as a Crisis Action Planner and Joint Action Planner.  In August 2020, Commander Flint reported as Executive Officer of VFA-131, deploying with the “Wildcats” aboard the USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER (CVN 69) in support of OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL. 
 
Commander Flint earned a Master of Business Administration Summa cum Laude from Tuoro University International and has accumulated more than 3,000 F-18 flight hours and over 600 carrier landings.  Her decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign, unit, and service awards.

 
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