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Executive Officer
Cmdr. Sean Stuart


 

CDR Marshal Foard

Cmdr. Stuart, a native of San Diego, California, graduated in 2003 from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science in Information and Decision Systems, followed by attending Officer Candidate School and receiving a commission in 2005. He began flight training in Pensacola, Florida, in October 2005, and was designated a naval aviator in December 2007. After earning his "Wings of Gold", he trained with the "Flying Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 onboard Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California, as an F/A-18E/F Super Hornet pilot.

Stuart received orders to the "Fighting Redcocks" of VFA-22 stationed at NAS Lemoore, California, where he deployed on the USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) in 2008 and 2009, and the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in 2010-11 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. During this tour, he qualified as a joint terminal attack control, a forward air controller airborne, and a landing signals officer, in addition to division lead and mission commander.

After his initial operational tour, he was selected to attend TOPGUN and graduated as a strike fighter tactics instructor serving as a fleet replacement squadron (FRS) instructor with the "Flying Eagles" of VFA-122. While attached to VFA-122, he was the basic fighting maneuvers and fighter phase head, and was selected as a training officer for VFA-22.

During his training officer tour with the "Fighting Redcocks" of VFA-22, Stuart completed a 10 month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in 2014-15 in support of Operations Inherent Resolve.

After returning from deployment, Stuart attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated with distinction earning a Master of Arts in National Strategy and Strategic Studies.

Upon selection for department head, he proceeded to NAS Oceana, Virginia, and following a short refresh syllabus with the "Gladiators" of VFA-106, joined the "Fighting Blacklions" of VFA-213.  While with VFA-213, he served as the safety officer, administration officer and maintenance officer, along with qualifying as an air wing strike lead and air interdiction mission commander. During this tour, he deployed aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in 2017 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

Post department head, Stuart reported to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where he served on the international military staff in the current operations branch and was the lead for all NATO operations in Iraq.

Following his overseas tour, Stuart returned to NAS Oceana to once again complete a refresh syllabus with the "Gladiators" of VFA-106, followed by reporting to the "Fighting Checkmates" of VFA-211 in November 2022 as the executive officer.

Stuart has flown over 2,500 hours in the F/A-18E/F and has over 600 carrier-arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (five awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and service awards.

 
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