Cmdr. Mike Tremel
Cmdr. Mike Tremel is a native of Portage, Pennsylvania, and a 2004 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in electrical engineering. He also holds a Master of Arts in military operations from Airpower University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Designated a naval aviator in 2007, Tremel reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 106 for initial flight training in the FA-18E Super Hornet. After training, he received orders to the VFA-31 "Tomcatters" stationed at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana where he completed one combat deployment aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In January 2011, Tremel reported to the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) in Fallon, Nevada. After graduating TOPGUN, he remained on staff assuming the role of instructor and FA-18 combat systems subject matter expert until his departure in the fall of 2013.
In December 2013, he again reported to VFA-31 as squadron training officer completing one combat deployment on board the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the opening months of Operation Inherent Resolve. After his training officer tour, Tremel completed Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, in June 2016.
In October of 2016, Tremel reported for his department head tour with VFA-87 at NAS Oceana. The "War Party" of VFA-87 completed one combat deployment during this time in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, while deployed on board the USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77). Following this tour, he assumed the role of an operational planner (J-35) at U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, before returning to Virginia Beach as the executive officer of the “Ragin’ Bulls”.
Tremel has flown over 100 combat missions while accruing over 2500 flight hours and over 300 carrier landings. His personal decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, six Strike Flight Air Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal and various campaign and service awards. He has been awarded the Commander Naval Aviation Atlantic Pilot of the Year, the Commander Naval Air Forces Peer Leadership Award and the American Legion Valor Award.