Commanding Officer

CDR Colin Price

Commanding Officer

Raised in Brandon, Florida, Commander Price graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2001, earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. Upon graduation and commissioning, CDR Price reported to Pensacola, FL for Aviation Preflight Indoctrination as a student Naval Aviator. He completed primary flight training in Enid, Oklahoma and intermediate and advanced flight training in Meridian, Mississippi earning his wings of gold in January 2004. Upon completion of flight school, CDR Price was selected for follow-on training in the FA-18 Super Hornet and reported to the VFA-122 “Flying Eagles” in Lemoore, California.

CDR Price completed his initial training with VFA-122 and joined the “Kestrels” of VFA-137 on deployment embarked aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) in November 2004. He completed two Western Pacific deployments with VFA-137 finishing his tour with the Kestrels in January 2008. After leaving VFA-137, CDR Price volunteered for a global war on terror support assignment as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operator. He deployed for ten months in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM to Afghanistan supporting task force operations against terrorist organizations.

In August 2009, CDR Price received orders to the STRIKE department at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) in Fallon, NV. During his time at STRIKE, CDR Price served as a strike fighter instructor and joint terminal attack controller instructor and also graduated from the Navy Fighter Weapons School adversary course. During this tour he also completed his Masters of Arts in Diplomacy with a concentration in international terrorism from Norwich University. CDR Price was selected for operational department head in May 2011 and was assigned to the “Diamondbacks” of VFA-102 based in Atsugi, Japan. He arrived in Japan in February 2012 and completed multiple Western Pacific deployments aboard USS George Washington (CVN 73) finishing his tour with VFA-102 in October 2014.

CDR Price again received orders to NSAWC in Fallon, NV which later changed its title to Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC). He initially served as the F-16 Program Manager and then took over as the Air Wing Training Officer. It was during this tour that CDR Price was selected for operational command and joined the “Black Knights” of VFA-154 as the Executive Officer in July 2018.

CDR Price is married with two daughters.

Executive Officer

CDR Aaron Carlson

Executive Officer

CDR Carlson is a native of Glasgow, MT. He graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 2001. He entered Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Pensacola, FL in April 2002 and was commissioned Ensign in July 2002. CDR Carlson then reported for flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola where he earned his Wings of Gold and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in February 2004.

In April 2004, he reported to the "Flying Eagles" of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE TWO TWO (VFA-122) in Lemoore, CA for training as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) in the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Upon completion of his training, he reported in November 2004 to his first operational assignment with the "Black Aces " of Strike Fighter Squadron FOUR ONE (VFA-41), also based in Lemoore, CA. He deployed with the Black Aces in 2005 and 2007 aboard USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) in support of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). Upon completion of his first operational assignment, CDR Carlson reported to Expeditionary Warfare Training Group, Pacific (EWTGPAC) in Coronado, CA in October 2007 for duty as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) Instructor/Evaluator. During his tour, he served as a subject matter expert in Unmanned Aerial Systems, Fixed- and Rotary-Wing Close Air Support (CAS) Tactics, Precision-Guided Munitions, and Digitally-Aided CAS Systems. During his time at EWTGPAC, he attended graduate school at the University of San Diego and earned a Master of Science in Global Leadership degree in 2009.

Following his tour at EWTGPAC, in February 2009, CDR Carlson reported again to VFA-122 for duty as an Instructor WSO where he served as Schedules Officer, CAS Phase Head, F-Shop (WSO Training) Phase Head, NATOPS Program Manager, and was a member of the 2010 F/A-18F Demonstration Team. In March 2011, CDR Carlson reported to Commander, Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) in Lemoore, CA for duty as Strike Operations Officer on the Airwing Staff. He deployed in 2011 and 2012 aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) in support of OEF and Operation NEW DAWN (OND), and was aboard for the last Navy combat missions in Iraq at that time.

Upon successful completion of his tour at CVW-9, in January 2013, CDR Carlson reported to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS where he completed Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 and earned a Master of Military Art and Science degree. In April 2014, CDR Carlson reported to the "Jolly Rogers" of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE ZERO THREE (VFA-103) for duty as an Operational Department Head, where he served as Safety Officer, Administrative Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. He deployed in November 2015 in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) aboard USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75). CDR Carlson reported to the Joint Staff J7 Deployable Training Division in November of 2016.

CDR Carlson has accumulated over 2,230 total flight hours, including over 2,000 hours in the F/A-18F Super Hornet, over 50 combat missions over Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and over 250 combat flight hours. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Strike-Flight Air Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3), and several campaign and unit awards.

Command Master Chief

CMDCM Robert Roske

Commanding Officer

Command Master Chief Roske is a native of Altoona, IA, where he graduated from Southeast Polk High School in 1994. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy through the Delayed Entry Program, and reported for basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes in January 1996. Following recruit training, he reported to Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center San Diego where he completed Sonar Technician (Surface) 'A' school and MK-116 Underwater Fire Control Technician 'C' school.

Upon completion of training, he reported aboard USS CALLAGHAN (DDG 994) homeported in Everett, WA. His follow-on afloat assignments include USS ANTIETAM (CG 54), USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) PRECOM Crew, and USS GARY (FFG 51) DECOM crew. Ashore, he has completed assignments at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center San Diego, Naval Ocean Processing Facility Whidbey Island Washington, and Afloat Training Group San Diego. He was selected into the Command Senior Chief Program in 2017 and reported for his first Command Master Chief tour with the “Black Knights” of VFA-154, NAS Lemoore, CA in July 2018.

He is a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 203, Orange), Naval Leadership and Ethics Center CMC/COB Course (Class 186), and holds an Associate of Science degree in Electronics Engineering. His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards. He is authorized to wear the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist and Integrated Undersea Surveillance Specialist breast insignias and is designated as Master Training Specialist and Afloat Training Specialist.


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