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Captain Michael Wettlaufer

USS John C. Stennis
Commanding Officer


Captain Michael Wettlaufer graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and received his commission through Aviation Officer Candidate School in March 1986.

His career as an aviator includes operational tours with Attack Squadron (VA 85) and Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195. Ashore, he attended Navy Test Pilot School, served as a Project Officer and test pilot on various platforms including A-6, FA-18 and T-45 aircraft, and was a fixed wing tutor and test pilot at the Empire Test Pilotsí School in the United Kingdom.

He has conducted combat operations while deployed on USS America (CV 66), USS Independence (CV 62) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63).

Wettlaufer served in various fleet and joint staff commands including at Commander, U.S. Second Fleet, as a CNO Strategic Studies Group Associate Fellow and as a policy analyst for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy.

His command assignments include Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 195 commanding officer, USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) executive officer and USS Denver (LPD 9) commanding officer

Wettlaufer holds a Master of Science in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and attended Navy Nuclear Power Training.

He is a recipient of various personal and unit awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medals and Air Medals.

He has accumulated over 3,700 flight hours in 48 aircraft and more than 800 carrier arrested landings.

Wettlaufer assumed command of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) on 26 July 2013.