CDR Kyle Horlacher, a native of Rockville, Maryland, graduated from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. He received his commission in December 1998.
CDR Horlacher was designated a Naval Aviator in December 2000 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Meridian, Mississippi following flight training at VT-6, VT-9, and VT-7. Upon completion of flight school, CDR Horlacher was selected to fly the S-3B Viking. His first operational assignment was with the “Scouts” of VS-24, NAS Jacksonville, Florida, where he completed workups and one cruise with CARRIER AIR WING EIGHT aboard the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71). While in the “Scouts” he served as Line Division Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Head Landing Signals Officer (LSO). In 2005 he reported to the “Eagles” of VT-7 at NAS Meridian where he served as a Flight Instructor, Student Control officer, and Winging Coordinator. Following the S-3B sundown he transitioned to the Maritime Patrol community. In July of 2007, he entered P-3C Orion training with VP-30, NAS Jacksonville. Upon transition, he reported to the “Screaming Eagles” of VP-1, NAS Whidbey Island, Washington, where he completed two deployments. While in the “Screaming Eagles” he served as Line Division Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Instructor Pilot.
In 2009, he transitioned to the Full Time Support (FTS) community and reported to the “Condors” of VR-64 in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania to fly the C-130T. He completed multiple detachments and logistic missions in support of Combatant Commanders worldwide. While assigned to VR-64 he served as Administrative Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Maintenance Officer. From 2013 to 2017 he completed tours as the Commanding Officer of NOSC Wichita, Kansas and NOSC New Castle, Delaware. He is currently serving as the Executive Officer of Naval Air Facility Washington.
Commander Horlacher has accumulated over 2,700 hours in naval aircraft. He has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and multiple campaign and unit awards.