NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATION CHINA LAKE, Calif. — CAPT Richard A. Wiley will relieve CAPT Dennis A. Lazar Jr. during a Change of Command Ceremony in Hangar One at Armitage Airfield Friday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m.
Wiley is a native of Greenfield, Calif., and a 1987 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. He attended Aviation Officer Candidate School at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl., and was commissioned an ensign in November, 1990. He earned his wings as a Naval flight officer and received orders to the Golden Intruders of VA-128 based at NAS Whidbey Island, Wash., for training in the A-6E Intruder.
Wiley then reported to the Knight Riders of VA-52 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) and deployed to the Western Pacific. Following the disestablishment of VA-52 in 1995, he reported to the Boomers of VA-165 aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and deployed to the Western Pacific, Arabian Gulf and South China Sea.
Wiley reentered the Navy’s flight program and received his wings as a Naval aviator at NAS Kingsville, Texas in August 1998. He reported to the Greyhawks of VAW-120 based at NAS Norfolk, Virginia for training in the E-2C Hawkeye.
He then reported to the Black Eagles of VAW-113 aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and once again deployed to the Western Pacific, Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean. Following his E-2C tour, Wiley was selected for transition to the C-2A Greyhound for his department head tour.
He reported to the Rawhides of VRC-40 in Norfolk, Virginia, where he served as both operations officer and maintenance officer. He made two deployments, the first as officer in charge of Detachment Five, attached to Carrier Air Wing EIGHT aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), where he deployed to the Eastern Mediterranean for the opening phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His second deployment was in charge of Detachment One attached to Carrier Air Wing THREE aboard the USS Harry S Truman (CVN 75), where he deployed to the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic in support of Summer Pulse in 2004. Following his VRC-40 tour, he once again reported to the Greyhawks of VAW-120 and served as operations officer.
In November 2005, Wiley entered the College of Naval Warfare at the United States Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he graduated in November 2006 with a Masters of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies.
He reported to VRC-30, based at NAS North Island in San Diego, Calif., as executive officer. In February 2009, he assumed command where he served as the 38th commanding officer of the “Providers” of VRC-30. Wiley turned over command in April of 2010 and reported to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) based in San Diego, Calif., as the air boss, where he completed two successive Western Pacific, North Arabian Sea and Arabian Gulf deployments.
In March of 2012, Wiley left the Carl Vinson and reported to the staff of Commander Strike Force Training Pacific where he served as the current operations officer, Tactical Flag Command Center and Air Defense Syndicate lead.
During his career Wiley has been awarded numerous personal, command and service commendations and he has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours and 700 carrier arrestments in the A-6E, T-45A, E-2C and C-2A.
Wiley is married with three children.