CDR Derek F. Nalewajko, call sign “Jobu”, is a native of San Jose, California. He graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign. CDR Nalewajko was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1998 and received orders to the “Grim Reapers” of VF-101 at NAS Oceana, VA for training in the F-14 Tomcat. CDR Nalewajko’s first fleet assignment was with the “Diamondbacks” of VF-102. He completed two Mediterranean/Persian Gulf deployments in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and ENDURING FREEDOM aboard the USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67) and USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71).
May 2002, CDR Nalewajko was assigned to NAS Lemoore, CA and reported to the FLYING EAGLES of VFA-122, where he served as an instructor pilot in the F/A-18E/F. During this tour he earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. In October 2005, CDR Nalewajko was assigned to the “Kestrels” of VFA-137 as a Department Head. He completed two WESTPAC deployments aboard USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72) in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. CDR Nalewajko served as Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer and Operations Officer during his tour with the VFA-137. In August 2008, CDR Nalewajko reported to the Joint Staff as an Action Officer to the Operations Directorate, Deputy Directorate for Information Operations J-39 working in the Computer Network Operations Division. In August 2009, CDR Nalewajko reported to Forward Operating Base Sharana, Afghanistan as the Executive Officer of Provincial Reconstruction Team Paktika. In December 2010, CDR Nalewajko reported to the “Vigilantes” of VFA-151 as the Executive Officer and Commanding Officer.
His personal awards include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, eight Strike-Flight Air Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (with Valor), and various unit and campaign service awards.
1. PFC Ernest C. Boren (Twin Falls, ID)