Capt. William Selk
Capt. William Selk, a native of Phoenix, graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor of science in Systems Engineering and was commissioned in 1996. He earned a master of science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School.
Selk was most recently assigned to the Office of Special Projects, providing business and acquisition support to the fleets and shore establishments within the Department of the Navy. He has been selected for Aviation Major Command, and reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1, Naval Air Station (NAS) Patuxent River, Maryland as COTD.
His operational sea tours include Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, NAS Point Mugu, California, where he deployed onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Southern Watch, and VAW-115, NAF Atsugi, Japan, where he deployed onboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS George Washington (CVN-73). Most recently,. Selk deployed as the operations officer onboard USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
Selk’s shore duty assignments include Fleet Replacement Squadron instructor at VAW-120, NAS Norfolk, Virginia, and multiple tours conducting developmental test and evaluation at VX-20, NAS Patuxent River. As a project officer, Selk worked on the NC-130H Radar Modernization Program and served as the first government flight test director for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Following his operational department head tour, he served again as the E-2D government flight test director and E-2/C-2/NC-130 department head.
For his command tour, Selk reported as the chief test pilot of VX-20 in November 2012, and assumed command in May 2014. He conducted test and evaluation across 16 different type/model/series aircraft and multiple ACAT-ID programs, including E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, P-8A Poseidon, MQ-4C Triton, and the Advanced Airborne Sensor.
He has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours and more that 450 carrier arrested landings in 25 different type/model/series aircraft. His military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal, Naval and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various other unit and campaign awards.