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CO VAW 112
CO: COMMANDER Paul N. Flores
Commercial: 805-989-8537  DSN: 351

COMMANDING OFFICER

Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron
One One Two
VAW-112

NBVC Point Mugu, CA

Commander Paul “Party Boy” Flores is a native of Staten Island, New York. He graduated from The University of Florida in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, and was commissioned an Ensign in September of 1997.

Following designation as a Naval Aviator in September of 1999, Commander Flores reported to the VAW-120 Greyhawks for further flight training and carrier qualification in the E-2C Hawkeye, and subsequently reported to the Wallbangers of VAW-117 for his initial fleet assignment.

From 2000 to 2003, Commander Flores completed two combat deployments, one aboard USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and one aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

Following his initial fleet tour, Commander Flores reported to the VT-21 Redhawks as a Strike Flight Training Instructor. He also served as Standardization Instructor, Schedules Officer, and Weapons Detachment Officer In Charge. While assigned to the Redhawks he was selected as the CNATRA Instructor of the year.

In September of 2006 Commander Flores forward deployed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain, where he served as the COMUSNAVCENT/COMFIFTHFLT/CFMCC Battle Watch Captain for the Maritime Operations Center in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and all Fifth Fleet Maritime Security Operations.

In April 2008, Commander Flores reported to the Black Eagles of VAW-113 where he served as Safety, Administrative, and Maintenance Officer. He completed three separate deployments aboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and the 2011 Tsunami relief efforts of Operation TOMODACHI.

In November 2011, Commander Flores reported to Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktika, Afghanistan, where served as Executive Officer and Deputy Commander. He served ten months in Afghanistan leading 130 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, U.S. Civilians, and Afghans through counterinsurgency operations in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

In December 2012 Commander Flores reported to the Naval War College where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

Commander Flores has accumulated over 4,000 military flight hours and over 400 carrier landings. He is authorized to wear the Meritorious Service Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), one with valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards), and various unit, campaign and service awards.

 

 
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