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Executive Officer
Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31
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Executive Officer
Cmdr. R. Wesley Mize 


 

CDR Jordan A. MayoCmdr. R. Wesley Mize is the executive officer at Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 31 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana, Virginia.  He is a native of Coral Springs, Florida, and a 2007 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. Designated a naval aviator in November 2009, he reported to the “Sharpshooters” of Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101 for pilot training in the F/A-18 Hornet. 

In August 2011, Mize reported to the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94, deployed to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, on the Navy’s last Unit Deployment Program (UDP) in support of Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 12. Following the last UDP, VFA-94 joined Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 17 and would deploy and fly combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

In November 2014, Mize reported to VFA-122 as an F/A-18 instructor pilot. While at VFA-122, Mize was the transition phase head, OCF standardization officer, and training qualified landing signal officer. 

Mize returned to the fleet as CVW-17 staff landing signal officer aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), where he deployed and was responsible for the safe and expeditious recovery of aircraft.  During the deployment he flew combat sorties in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. In October 2018, Mize reported to the “Ragin’ Bulls” of VFA-37 and was the maintenance officer and operations officer during the CVW-8 draw down and fleet support operations. 

Post department head tour, Mize reported to the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he received a Master of Arts Degree in Defense and Strategic Studies in November of 2021. 

Following completion of the Naval War College, Mize attended the Joint and Combined Warfighting School at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia. 

Mize has accumulated over 1800 flight hours and more than 300 carrier landings. His personal decorations include Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards. 

 
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