Cmdr. Joshua Calandra
A native of Houston, Texas, Cmdr. Joshua Calandra graduated from Texas A&M University in 2006 and commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. He earned his naval flight officer wings in 2008 after completing flight training at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.
In 2008, he reported to the “Screaming Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 1 in Oak Harbor, Washington. While at VP-1, he obtained qualifications as tactical coordinator, mission commander, and instructor tactical coordinator. He completed one deployment to 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and to the 7th Fleet AOR.
In 2012, Calandra completed the Weapons and Tactics Course prior to reporting to Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2. He served as a weapons tactics instructor in the weapons and tactic unit and qualified crews prior to their operational deployments.
In December 2014, he reported to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) as a “Shooter”. While aboard, he served as the V-3 division officer, V-5 division officer, and Air Department administration officer. He completed a six month Western Pacific/Arabian Sea in support of Operation Inerrant Resolve, and two months of a Western Pacific deployment.
Following his carrier tour, Calandra reported as department head at Special Projects Patrol Squadron (VPU) 2 in Kailua, Hawaii, where he served as the configurations officer, training officer, and operations officer. He completed four operational deployments during his tour in VPU-2 including three as officer in charge to the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve.
In November 2019, Calandra reported to CTF-67 in Sigonella, Sicily. He served as the N5- plans and exercises officer, where he oversaw the planning and execution of deployed forces supporting major multi-national exercises.
In November 2021, Calandra reported to Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Virginia Capes as the executive officer.
His personal awards include an Air Medal (Strike/Flight 2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards) as well as various unit and service awards.