Cmdr. Jeff Sweitzer
Cmdr. Jeff “Barry” Sweitzer, a native of Troy, Michigan, graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering. He received his commission in December of 2003 through the University of Michigan’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program.
After flight training at Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Florida, Sweitzer was designated a naval flight officer in November of 2005. He graduated from flight training with distinction, receiving the Paul F. Lorence award as the top graduate in his class, and then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122 in Lemoore, California for Fleet Replacement Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) training in the FA-18F Super Hornet.
In September 2006, Sweitzer joined the “Black Knights” of VFA-154. During his time with VFA-154, Sweitzer deployed twice aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility (AORs) and flew combat missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In December 2009, Sweitzer reported back to VFA-122, this time as an instructor teaching newly winged naval aviators and naval flight officers to fly the F/A-18E/F. During this tour he also earned a Master of Science degree in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego.
In October 2012, Sweitzer took orders to Bremerton, Washington where he served on the staff for the Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 3. While there he completed his third deployment aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), once again to the 5th and 7th Fleet AORs.
In March 2015, Sweitzer then transferred to Virginia Beach, Virginia where he completed refresher training in the FA-18F with the “Gladiators” of VFA-106. After refresher training, Sweitzer joined the “Blacklions” of VFA-213 as a department head, where he held the billets of safety officer, administrative officer, and operations officer. He deployed a fourth time with VFA-213, this time flying combat missions over Iraq and Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
In September 2018, Sweitzer reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, J7 in Suffolk, Virginia and served as the United States Marine Corps and United States Special Operations Command desk officer, opposition forces (OPFOR) program manager, and joint terminal air controller / joint fires observer continuation training program manager.
Sweitzer took command of Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes in November 2021.
Sweitzer has over 2500 flight hours and more than 500 carrier arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and various campaign and unit awards.