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CAPTAIN WILLIAM “EDDIE” PILCHER

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CAPT Eddie Pilcher, a native of Tigard, Oregon graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Ocean Engineering. After commissioning, he earned his wings of gold at NAS Corpus Christi, TX in January 1998.

 

Upon completion of the P-3C FRS, CAPT Pilcher reported to the Mad Foxes of VP-5 at NAS Jacksonville, FL. While there, he completed three deployments in support of OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE over Kosovo, OPERATION INCA GOLD over Columbia, and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in the Mediterranean. After leaving VP-5 in 2002, CAPT Pilcher transferred to the Pioneers of VX-1, in Pax River, MD. While assigned to VX-1, he commanded the first two SLAM-ER shots from a P-3C and led a Detachment to Ascension Island in support of a Trident Missile shot. 

 

In 2004, CAPT Pilcher received orders to the FTS community and the Lone Star Express of VR-59 in Ft. Worth, TX to fly the C-40A Clipper. After leaving VR-59 in 2007, he transferred to the Star Lifters of VR-1 at JB Andrews, MD, flying the C-37B Gulfstream 550, as part of the Secretary of the Navy’s flight department in charge of all Navy and Marine Corps VIP flights. 

 

In 2009, he transferred to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment Directorate, J-8, Forces Division, Global Posture, Strategy and Plans. While on the Joint Staff he was the Auxiliary Resale Outlet and Access Control Officer for his office. During this tour, he completed JPME Level Two from the Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA, his Joint Qualified Officer qualification and his Masters of Arts, Military History from Norwich University, Northfield, VT.     

 

In 2011, CAPT Pilcher was assigned as the Executive Officer of the decommissioning Capitol Skyliners of VR-48 at JB Andrews, MD. There he took part in the squadron’s final detachment to Al Udeid AB, Qatar in support of OPERATIONS NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM. In April 2012, CAPT Pilcher walked down the flight line and reported back to VR-1 as the Star Lifter’s Executive Officer and then Commanding Officer. After completing his Command tour, he served as a Defense Congressional Fellow for Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican from Alabama, during the 114th Congress. Upon completion, he transitioned back to the Pentagon as the Director, Legislative Affairs for the Chief of Navy Reserve.

 

 He assumed his current duties as the Commanding Officer of NAF Washington onboard Joint Base Andrews in November 2019.

 

CAPT Pilcher has accumulated over 5000 military flight hours while visiting over 80 countries. He is the recipient of various personal decorations and campaign medals and has had the distinct honor of serving with shipmates and on teams who were awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Navy Battle “E” Ribbon.