JCSSG

Rear Admiral Michael A. Wettlaufer

Captain Jeffrey L. Hammer

CMDCM(SW/AW) H. Trenton Schmidt

Commander

Carrier Strike Group Three

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

Chief of Staff

Carrier Strike Group Three

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Carrier Strike Group Three

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

Chain of Command

Chief of Staff

A native of Texas, Captain Jeffrey L. Hammer graduated from Texas A&M University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and was subsequently designated a Naval Flight Officer in October 1993.

Hammer completed EA-6B fleet replacement training in January 1995, and his initial fleet assignment was with Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 132 "Scorpions." During this tour, he deployed aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 1996 and flew missions supporting Operations Southern Watch and Decisive Endeavour.

His next assignment was with the VAQ-129 "Vikings'' for flight instructor duty in October 1998. During his two-year tour he served as a maintenance division officer and the EA-6B weapon system phase head. Additionally, he volunteered to augment VAQ-140 in Italy and flew combat missions in Operation Allied Force in 1999.

Following completion of the Prowler Weapons School syllabus in 2000, he returned to the fleet with the "Yellow Jackets" of VAQ-138 serving as their training officer. Deploying with VAQ-138 four months after the attacks of September 11, 2001 aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), he took part in the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Hammer transferred in August 2002 to the Air Command and Staff College in Montgomery, Alabama, where he earned a Master's degree in Military Operational Art and Science. Following refresher training at VAQ-129, he reported in July 2003 to VAQ-142 for his department head tour, serving as the electronic warfare and operations officer. While with the "Gray Wolves," he made two expeditionary deployments, first to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, then to Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan. During this tour, he was awarded the 2005 Association of Naval Aviation's Tactical Excellence Award and the Association of Old Crow's Operations Award.

Following this tour, Hammer served as the assistant aviation officer community manager at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee, from January 2006 to August 2007. He then reported as executive officer of the VAQ-130 "Zappers" in March 2008. He made deployments aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) in 2008 and 2010, directly supporting coalition forces in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He assumed command of the "Zappers" in May 2009. For their performance, the squadron earned the Commander, Naval Air Forces Safety "S" award for 2008 and the Battle "E" award in 2010.

Leaving his command tour, Hammer joined the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) in Washington D.C. in December 2010, supporting foreign military sales programs. He served as the director of Navy programs, weapons division and later as the military assistant to both Vice Adm. Landay and Vice Adm. Rixey.

Hammer departed DSCA and reported to Chief of Naval Operations staff in March 2014, serving as the director of the Navy Operations Center (N310) until April 2017. He is currently the Carrier Strike Group 3 chief of staff.

Hammer has accumulated over 3,000 flight hours and 400 carrier landings. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (five strike/flight awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), along with various unit, campaign and service awards.

Commander

Rear Adm. Michael Wettlaufer is a native of Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, was commissioned in 1986 and designated a Naval Aviator in 1988. He also earned a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee in 1996 and attended the Naval War College where he received a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies in 2002. Wettlaufer is a Navy Test Pilot School graduate (Class 104) and completed Navy Nuclear Power Training in 2008.

 

He is currently serving as Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE in Bremerton, WA. RDML Wettlaufer previously commanded the Dambusters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195, USS Denver (LPD 9), and USS John C Stennis (CVN 74). He has multiple deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Gulf with Attack Squadron (VA) 85 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 flying the A-6 Intruder from the USS America (CV 66) including Operation Desert Storm. Forward deployed from Japan aboard USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) as a Dambuster department head and (CVW) 5 operations officer he flew the FA-18C, and he deployed to the Pacific as executive officer aboard USS John C Stennis.

 

Ashore, Wettlaufer was assigned to VA-42, VFA-106 for qualification training. He was an aircraft carrier scheduler for Commander, 2nd Fleet; served as a project officer, test pilot and landing signals officer with Strike Aircraft Test Directorate at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland; and was on a Royal Navy Exchange tour in the United Kingdom as an Empire Test Pilots� School fixed wing tutor and experimental test pilot. He was selected as a Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group associate fellow (SSG XXI) and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as an analyst for the deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO Policy.

 

Wettlaufer has 3,500 hours flying 49 different aircraft types and over 800 arrested landings on 12 aircraft carriers and conducted developmental Joint Strike Fighter flight control trials aboard HMS Invincible.

 

He is entitled to wear the Legion of Merit (three awards), the Distinguished Flying Cross (combat V), Defense Meritorious Service and Meritorious Service Medals, individual and strike flight Air Medals (with V) and various other personal, unit and service awards.

 

 

 

 

Rear Admiral Michael A. Wettlaufer

Carrier Strike Group Three

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

Carrier Strike Group Three

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

Captain Jeffrey L. Hammer

Senior Enlisted Advisor

Master Chief Schmidt currently serves as the Command Master Chief for Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE. He is a native of Greeley, CO. Joining the Navy in June of 1992 he attended Basic Training in Great Lakes, Illinois and then reported to his first command USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) as an Undesignated Airman advancing to Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Aircraft Handler) Third Class during this tour.

 

His additional sea duty assignments include USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Ashore he was assigned to Naval Technical Training Unit, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi where he served as Navy Military Course Supervisor and Department Head.

 

In 2011, he was selected to the Command Master Chief program. Command Master Chief assignments include USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), and Naval Leadership and Ethics Center in Newport, RI.

 

Master Chief Schmidt is a graduate of the United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 150), the Command Master Chief Capstone Course (Class 86), and the National Defense University Keystone Course.

 

H. Trenton Schmidt

CMDCM (SW/AW)

Carrier Strike Group Three

USS John C. Stennis Strike Group

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