Commander, Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN

Captain Robert "Wimbo" Osterhoudt

United States Navy


     Captain Osterhoudt attended UNC Charlotte in Charlotte, NC where he earned his bachelors degree in Mathematics in 1990. He received his commission through Aviation Officer's Candidate School as part of the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program in September 1990.

     In October of 1991 Captain Osterhoudt was designated a Naval Flight Officer. Following initial training in the F-14 he reported to the "Swordsmen" of VF-32 in August 1992 where he completed two deployments in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT and SOUTHERN WATCH while serving as a Branch/Division Officer and RIO Training Officer.

Captain Osterhoudt was next assigned to the F-14 Strike Weapons and Tactics School Atlantic (SWATSLANT) as a Tactics Instructor and the Readiness Department Head in May 1995. During this tour Captain Osterhoudt was selected to attend and graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN). He also became one of the first designated FAC(A)’s in the F-14 community standing up the FAC(A) course of instruction for the Navy.

     Captain Osterhoudt reported to the "Jolly Rogers" of VF-103 in June 1997 serving as the Training Officer and Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor (SFTI) while completing a deployment in support of Operation SOUTHERN WATCH.

     In December 1998 Captain Osterhoudt was assigned as an instructor to the "Grim Reapers" of VF-101, the F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as the Standardization and Assistant Training Officer.

     Following his tour with the "Grim Reapers," Captain Osterhoudt was chosen to serve as the Flag Aide to the Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet in San Diego, California, and the DCNO for Naval Warfare Requirements and Programs (N7) at the Pentagon from March 2000 to October 2001. During this tour he also completed JPME Phase I through the Naval War College’s correspondence program.

     In May 2002 Captain Osterhoudt returned to the "Jolly Rogers" of VF-103 as a Department Head serving as the Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer while making a deployment in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and SOUTHERN WATCH.

     Captain Osterhoudt graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Virginia, in March 2004. Following graduation he reported to U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). During this tour he served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, USJFCOM.

     In May 2007, Captain Osterhoudt joined VFA-41 as the Executive Officer and he assumed command of the Black Aces in July 2008, leading the squadron on a combat deployment in 2009 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

     Following his command tour, Captain Osterhoudt was assigned to the staff of the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for the program and budget analysis of all Navy TACAIR programs to include the Joint Strike Fighter, FA-18E/F, E-2D, EA-18G, and Navy Unmanned Systems.  Subsequent to his OSD tour, Captain Osterhoudt completed a brief assignment as the Battle Director, Combined Air and Space Operating Center in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

     Captain Osterhoudt joined Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN as the Deputy Commander in November 2012 and took command in July 2014.  His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Strike Flight Air Medal (4), the Navy Commendation Medal (4), the Navy Achievement Medal (3) and various campaign and unit awards. 


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