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.

     A graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), his career includes operational sea assignments with Fighter Squadron 32, twice with Fighter Squadron 103, and Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 41.

     Assignments to shore and staff billets include: the F-14 Strike Weapons and Tactics School Atlantic (SWATSLANT) as a Tactics Instructor and the Readiness Department Head; Fighter Squadron 101, the F-14 Fleet Replacement Squadron, where he served as the Standardization and Assistant Training Officer; Flag Aide to the Commander, U.S. THIRD Fleet in San Diego, California and the DCNO for Naval Warfare Requirements and Programs (N7); the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commander, USJFCOM; and 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.

     Captain Osterhoudt has completed JPME Phase I through the Naval War College’s correspondence program as well as JPME Phase II through the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.

     Captain Osterhoudt joined Carrier Air Wing 11 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. He has accumulated more than 3,800 flight hours and 1,100 carrier-arrested landings.



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