CO: COMMANDER AARON RYBAR
Carrier Airborne Command and Control One One Three
Commander Aaron Rybar, a native of San Diego, California, graduated from the University of Redlands in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with the Boeing Company in Everett, Washington, working on the 747 and 777 Aircraft. Commander Rybar joined the Navy through the Officer Candidate School program and received his commission in February 2000, and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 2002. Upon designation, he reported to the VAW-120 “GREYHAWKS” at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, where he completed initial E-2C Hawkeye training in December 2003.
For his initial sea tour, Commander Rybar reported to the “GOLDEN HAWKS” of VAW-112 in January 2003 at NAS Pt. Mugu, California, where he completed two deployments, including 22 combat missions in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM embarked with Carrier Air Wing NINE onboard the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). During his first fleet tour, he served as the Communications Officer, Aviation Safety Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Head Landing Signals Officer for VAW-112.
In November 2005, Commander Rybar reported to the VT-22 “GOLDEN EAGLES” at NAS Kingsville, Texas, as an Intermediate/Advanced Flight Instructor in the T-45 Goshawk. While assigned to VT-22, Commander Rybar served as the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Officer, Ground Safety Officer, Hawkeye/Greyhound Phase Manager, and Head Landing Signals Officer for VT-22.
In April 2008, Commander Rybar reported to Expeditionary Strike Group THREE, where he served as the Flag Aide for the Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group THREE. While serving as the Aide, Commander Rybar completed an eight month deployment to FIFTH Fleet Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain in support of multiple Combined Task Forces including Iraqi Maritime and Counter-Piracy Operations in the FIFTH Fleet Area of Responsibility.
In March 2010, Commander Rybar reported to the “SCREWTOPS” of VAW-123 at Norfolk, Virginia where he completed two deployments in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM embarked with Carrier Air Wing ONE onboard USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). During his tenure as a SCREWTOP Commander Rybar served as the Safety, Administrative, and Maintenance Officer.
In December of 2012, Commander Rybar reported to NORAD-USNORTHCOM in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served as the Mexico Desk Officer in the Theater Security Cooperation division of the Policy, Plans Directorate.
Commander Rybar has over 3,300 flight hours and over 400 carrier arrested landings. He is authorized to wear the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards) as well as various unit, campaign and service awards. Commander Rybar reported to the VAW-113 “BLACK EAGLES” as Executive Officer and assumed the duties of Commanding Officer on February 9, 2017.