VX-30 "Bloodhounds"

Established in May 1995, VX-30 is a weapons test squadron whose mission is to provide research, development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems. VX-30 also provides support to the Point Mugu Sea Range, both locally and worldwide. Squadron manning is composed of approximately 30 officers, 80 enlisted sailors, 20 civilians, and 100 contractors.

The Bloodhounds and their sister squadron VX-31 make up the two components of the Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

To accomplish its mission, VX-30 operates a diverse inventory of manned aircraft, including the NP-3D Orion, P-3C Orion and KC-130T Hercules. Additionally, the Bloodhounds are the Navy's premier West Coast test facility for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), currently operating the RQ-23A TigerShark. VX-30 counts designation as “the responsible test organization” among its many achievements.

Bloodhound aircraft accomplish range surveillance, photometric support, area clearance, and airborne telemetry on the Naval Air Systems Command Sea Test Range. Project officers lead several weapon system developmental test programs for the Fleet. The Range Department operational specialists are responsible for safety of flight and range clearance for the 36,000 square mile Point Mugu Sea Range. The Airborne Threat Simulation Detachment routinely deploys worldwide to meet unique weapon testing needs at remote ranges and to provide fleet support.

Cmdr. Paul C. Meyer

Commanding Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Paul C. Meyer is a native of Zion, Illinois. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Meyer also holds graduate degrees in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He attended flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and NAS Kingsville, Texas, earning his Naval Aviator wings in October 2003.

Meyer attended E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadron training with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, before reporting to the “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 in Point Mugu, California, for his first operational assignment.  With the Sun Kings, Meyer conducted two Western Pacific deployments embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), including Operation Unified Assistance supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in the wake of the 2004 tsunami.

In October 2007, Meyer returned to VAW-120 for duty as an E-2C Instructor Pilot and Landing Signal Officer. In June 2009, he graduated from U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, with Class 135, after which he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 as Lead Navy Test Pilot for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Meyer also led the initial E-2D sea trials aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), where he completed the first arrested landing and catapult launch of the new aircraft.

Meyer returned to VAW-116 as a department head in December 2011 and completed an around-the-world deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and country engagements throughout U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation. He returned to VX-20 in July 2015 for duty as the E-2/C-2 Platform Coordinator and E-2D Government Flight Test Director for the ACAT-1 Integrated Test Team.

He reported to VX-30 as chief test pilot in November 2017; he took over as commanding officer in June 2019.

Meyer is a designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation, Systems Engineering, Program Management, and Science & Technology Management. He has accumulated over 3,500 hours in 27 models of jet, prop, and rotary wing aircraft, including over 250 arrested landings.

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Mark Price

Technical Director, VX-30

Mark Price, a native of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and was winged a naval flight officer in 1990.

In the Marines, Price flew the EA-6B during operational tours with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2 and VMAQ-4. He is a veteran of Operations Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

His flight test experience came during a tour with Naval Weapons Test Squadron, Point Mugu (now VX-30). There he served as the Tactical Aircraft Electronic Warfare (TACAIR EW) project officer and flew over 100 flight test sorties in the FA-18D, EA-6B, and QF-4 aircraft.

His staff tours include serving in the Pentagon as the TACAIR EW Requirements Officer at OPNAV N88 and in Afghanistan as part of the Commander’s Action Group think tank drafting and evolving strategy for the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

After retiring from the Marines in 2009, Price transitioned into the civilian workforce at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, in Point Mugu, California. While a member of the Avionics Department, he became a branch head for the Electro-Optics Systems and Modeling Branch in the Electronic Warfare Division and served there for three years supporting development and test of Missile Warning Systems and Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures Systems. Later, he took on the role as the F-35 Reprogramming Laboratory (FRL) Lead, standing up a brand new laboratory, building F-35 mission data and associated test capabilities for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Price then moved on to become deputy Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead at the Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) IPT. While at the AEA IPT he helped lead the team’s efforts on the EA-18G Growler and Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) as well as mission data and mission planning software development and testing for the MH-60R, E-2C/D, and P-8A.

Price assumed his current duties as Technical Director for VX-30 in December 2017. He is a recipient of the NAVAIR Commander Clifton Evans Memorial Award for excellence in Electronic Warfare Engineering, and the NAVAIR Commander’s Award for Technical Innovation.

 

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Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene

Chief Test Pilot, VX-30

Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene, a native of Wyckoff, New Jersey, graduated from the United Stated Naval Academy in May 2002 and earned his Naval Aviator wings in August 2003.

After attending fleet replacement squadron training at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP) 30, Saglimbene reported to VP-8 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Brunswick, Maine, in July 2004. While at VP-8, he served as the airframes branch officer, flight officer, and pilot NATOPS officer, completing numerous deployments in support of Operations Unified Assistance, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. In February 2008, Saglimbene reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as the pilot NATOPS officer and P-8A assistant operational test director.

In December 2010, Saglimbene joined Commander Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, for a Global War on Terrorism support assignment. While in Djibouti, Saglimbene served as the host-nation liaison officer and maritime coordination officer. He then reported to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) in January 2012 as the P-8A Increment II class desk officer. During this tour, Saglimbene was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) with Class 143.

In June 2013, he reported to VX-20 in NAS Patuxent River. There he served as the platform coordinator for the P-8A Special Mission Configuration (SMC), T-2C, and C-38. While attached to VX-20, he personally flew over 40 P-8A SMC “Cat C” flight test sorties. Saglimbene reported to the Advanced Sensors Technology (AST) Program Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. in August 2015. Serving as the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) class desk officer, he shepherded the ACAT-ID AAS Radar program through its Milestone “C” Decision and Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR).

Saglimbene reported to VX-30 at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, in May 2019, where he serves as the Chief Test Pilot.

Saglimbene is an aviation engineering duty officer (AEDO) and designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation, Engineering, and Program Management. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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Cmdr. Kevin S. Rice

Executive Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Kevin S. Rice is a 1998 graduate of Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology and a commission as an ensign in the United States Navy.

After completing flight training, Rice was attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 in Brunswick, Maine. He deployed twice with the “Red Lancers” as a P-3C pilot. Following sea duty, he reported as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot with the VP-30 "Pro’s Nest" in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004. Price went back to sea in 2007 as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer “Shooter” onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). He also served as the V-1 Division Officer and “Top-Cat” and deployed twice with the ship.

In 2010, he reported to VP-30 as a student in preparation for his department head tour with the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During his time in VP-4, Rice made one 7th Fleet deployment and served as the senior pilot and maintenance officer. He then transferred across the road to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2 in 2012, where he served as the government flight representative for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator program and as the CPRW-2 training officer.

Rice transferred to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center Norfolk in 2015 and deployed to Sembach, Germany as the director/assistant officer-in-charge of the Warrior Transition Program. He later assumed the duties as officer-in-charge in October 2015. Rice reported as the executive officer of VX-30 in Point Mugu, California, in March 2016.

Rice has logged over 2,700 military flight hours in fixed wing aircraft. He is authorized to wear the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as many other personal and unit decorations, to include two Humanitarian Service Medals. 

 

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Command Senior Chief Joshua R. DeBurger

Command Senior Chief, VX-30

Senior Chief Joshua R. DeBurger is a native of Fullerton, California. After moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, he graduated from Mitchell High school in 1995. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois, in January 1996, later advancing through Aviation Structural Mechanic Hydraulics “A” school in Millington, Tennesee. He is also a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 196), and CMC/COB Leadership Course (Class 181).

In 1996, DeBurger reported to his first duty assignment as plane captain for the A-6E with the “Sunday Punchers” of Attack Squadron (VA) 75 at Naval Air Station Oceania, Virginia, and deployed with the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Upon returning from deployment in 1997, he transferred to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3 “Ironmen” onboard Tinker Air Force Base, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In January 2001 he reported to the F/A-18 Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 “Rough Raiders” onboard NAS Lemoore, California. In 2004 DeBurger joined the “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94. He deployed with USS Nimitz (CVN 68), transitioning to the unit deployment program with 1 Marine Expeditionary Force/1 Marine Aircraft Wing, advancing to Chief Petty Officer.

In 2009, DeBurger served as the NAS Lemoore Ceremonial Director Navy Region Southwest, and the Chief Master at Arms for NAS Lemoore. In 2012 he joined VFA-25 “First of the Fleet” as the Maintenance Department LCPO, advancing to senior chief petty officer. In 2015 he transferred to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 “Vampires” onboard Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, serving as the Maintenance LCPO and Quality Assurance supervisor for F/A-18 C, D, E, F and the E/A-18G. DeBurger was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program in February 2018.

DeBurger’s personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two gold stars); Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one silver star); Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards); Navy Accession Training Ribbon and various unit awards.

Senior Chief DeBurger is currently assigned as the command senior chief for “The Bloodhounds” of VX-30 in Point Mugu, California.

 

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VX-30 "Bloodhounds"

Established in May 1995, VX-30 is a weapons test squadron whose mission is to provide research, development, test, and evaluation of manned and unmanned fixed and rotary wing aircraft and weapons systems. VX-30 also provides support to the Point Mugu Sea Range, both locally and worldwide. Squadron manning is composed of approximately 30 officers, 80 enlisted sailors, 20 civilians, and 100 contractors.

The Bloodhounds and their sister squadron VX-31 make up the two components of the Naval Test Wing Pacific. 

To accomplish its mission, VX-30 operates a diverse inventory of manned aircraft, including the NP-3D Orion, P-3C Orion and KC-130T Hercules. Additionally, the Bloodhounds are the Navy's premier West Coast test facility for Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), currently operating the RQ-23A TigerShark. VX-30 counts designation as “the responsible test organization” among its many achievements.

Bloodhound aircraft accomplish range surveillance, photometric support, area clearance, and airborne telemetry on the Naval Air Systems Command Sea Test Range. Project officers lead several weapon system developmental test programs for the Fleet. The Range Department operational specialists are responsible for safety of flight and range clearance for the 36,000 square mile Point Mugu Sea Range. The Airborne Threat Simulation Detachment routinely deploys worldwide to meet unique weapon testing needs at remote ranges and to provide fleet support.

Cmdr. Paul C. Meyer

Commanding Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Paul C. Meyer is a native of Zion, Illinois. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Meyer also holds graduate degrees in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School and National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He attended flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, and NAS Kingsville, Texas, earning his Naval Aviator wings in October 2003.

Meyer attended E-2C Fleet Replacement Squadron training with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 120 at NAS Norfolk, Virginia, before reporting to the “Sun Kings” of VAW-116 in Point Mugu, California, for his first operational assignment.  With the Sun Kings, Meyer conducted two Western Pacific deployments embarked in USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), including Operation Unified Assistance supporting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, in the wake of the 2004 tsunami.

In October 2007, Meyer returned to VAW-120 for duty as an E-2C Instructor Pilot and Landing Signal Officer. In June 2009, he graduated from U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, with Class 135, after which he reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 as Lead Navy Test Pilot for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. Meyer also led the initial E-2D sea trials aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), where he completed the first arrested landing and catapult launch of the new aircraft.

Meyer returned to VAW-116 as a department head in December 2011 and completed an around-the-world deployment aboard USS Abraham Lincoln, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and country engagements throughout U.S. 5th, 6th, and 7th Fleet areas of operation. He returned to VX-20 in July 2015 for duty as the E-2/C-2 Platform Coordinator and E-2D Government Flight Test Director for the ACAT-1 Integrated Test Team.

He reported to VX-30 as chief test pilot in November 2017; he took over as commanding officer in June 2019.

Meyer is a designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation, Systems Engineering, Program Management, and Science & Technology Management. He has accumulated over 3,500 hours in 27 models of jet, prop, and rotary wing aircraft, including over 250 arrested landings.

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Mark Price

Technical Director, VX-30

Mark Price, a native of Los Angeles, California, graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1988. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and was winged a naval flight officer in 1990.

In the Marines, Price flew the EA-6B during operational tours with Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ) 2 and VMAQ-4. He is a veteran of Operations Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom.

His flight test experience came during a tour with Naval Weapons Test Squadron, Point Mugu (now VX-30). There he served as the Tactical Aircraft Electronic Warfare (TACAIR EW) project officer and flew over 100 flight test sorties in the FA-18D, EA-6B, and QF-4 aircraft.

His staff tours include serving in the Pentagon as the TACAIR EW Requirements Officer at OPNAV N88 and in Afghanistan as part of the Commander’s Action Group think tank drafting and evolving strategy for the Combined Security Transition Command, Afghanistan.

After retiring from the Marines in 2009, Price transitioned into the civilian workforce at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, in Point Mugu, California. While a member of the Avionics Department, he became a branch head for the Electro-Optics Systems and Modeling Branch in the Electronic Warfare Division and served there for three years supporting development and test of Missile Warning Systems and Directed Infra-Red Countermeasures Systems. Later, he took on the role as the F-35 Reprogramming Laboratory (FRL) Lead, standing up a brand new laboratory, building F-35 mission data and associated test capabilities for the Joint Strike Fighter program. Price then moved on to become deputy Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead at the Airborne Electronic Attack (AEA) IPT. While at the AEA IPT he helped lead the team’s efforts on the EA-18G Growler and Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) as well as mission data and mission planning software development and testing for the MH-60R, E-2C/D, and P-8A.

Price assumed his current duties as Technical Director for VX-30 in December 2017. He is a recipient of the NAVAIR Commander Clifton Evans Memorial Award for excellence in Electronic Warfare Engineering, and the NAVAIR Commander’s Award for Technical Innovation.

 

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Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene

Chief Test Pilot, VX-30

Cmdr. Jason Saglimbene, a native of Wyckoff, New Jersey, graduated from the United Stated Naval Academy in May 2002 and earned his Naval Aviator wings in August 2003.

After attending fleet replacement squadron training at Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP) 30, Saglimbene reported to VP-8 at Naval Air Station (NAS) Brunswick, Maine, in July 2004. While at VP-8, he served as the airframes branch officer, flight officer, and pilot NATOPS officer, completing numerous deployments in support of Operations Unified Assistance, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. In February 2008, Saglimbene reported to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 1 at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland, where he served as the pilot NATOPS officer and P-8A assistant operational test director.

In December 2010, Saglimbene joined Commander Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonier, Djibouti, for a Global War on Terrorism support assignment. While in Djibouti, Saglimbene served as the host-nation liaison officer and maritime coordination officer. He then reported to the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft Program Office (PMA-290) in January 2012 as the P-8A Increment II class desk officer. During this tour, Saglimbene was selected to attend the United States Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) with Class 143.

In June 2013, he reported to VX-20 in NAS Patuxent River. There he served as the platform coordinator for the P-8A Special Mission Configuration (SMC), T-2C, and C-38. While attached to VX-20, he personally flew over 40 P-8A SMC “Cat C” flight test sorties. Saglimbene reported to the Advanced Sensors Technology (AST) Program Office at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. in August 2015. Serving as the Advanced Airborne Sensor (AAS) class desk officer, he shepherded the ACAT-ID AAS Radar program through its Milestone “C” Decision and Operational Test Readiness Review (OTRR).

Saglimbene reported to VX-30 at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, in May 2019, where he serves as the Chief Test Pilot.

Saglimbene is an aviation engineering duty officer (AEDO) and designated Acquisition Professional with career field certifications in Test & Evaluation, Engineering, and Program Management. His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Strike/Flight (two awards), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

 

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Cmdr. Kevin S. Rice

Executive Officer, VX-30

Cmdr. Kevin S. Rice is a 1998 graduate of Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Technology and a commission as an ensign in the United States Navy.

After completing flight training, Rice was attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 10 in Brunswick, Maine. He deployed twice with the “Red Lancers” as a P-3C pilot. Following sea duty, he reported as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot with the VP-30 "Pro’s Nest" in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2004. Price went back to sea in 2007 as a Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer “Shooter” onboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). He also served as the V-1 Division Officer and “Top-Cat” and deployed twice with the ship.

In 2010, he reported to VP-30 as a student in preparation for his department head tour with the VP-4 “Skinny Dragons” Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During his time in VP-4, Rice made one 7th Fleet deployment and served as the senior pilot and maintenance officer. He then transferred across the road to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing (CPRW) 2 in 2012, where he served as the government flight representative for the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance-Demonstrator program and as the CPRW-2 training officer.

Rice transferred to Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center Norfolk in 2015 and deployed to Sembach, Germany as the director/assistant officer-in-charge of the Warrior Transition Program. He later assumed the duties as officer-in-charge in October 2015. Rice reported as the executive officer of VX-30 in Point Mugu, California, in March 2016.

Rice has logged over 2,700 military flight hours in fixed wing aircraft. He is authorized to wear the Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal as well as many other personal and unit decorations, to include two Humanitarian Service Medals. 

 

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Command Senior Chief Joshua R. DeBurger

Command Senior Chief, VX-30

Senior Chief Joshua R. DeBurger is a native of Fullerton, California. After moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, he graduated from Mitchell High school in 1995. He completed basic training at Recruit Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois, in January 1996, later advancing through Aviation Structural Mechanic Hydraulics “A” school in Millington, Tennesee. He is also a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 196), and CMC/COB Leadership Course (Class 181).

In 1996, DeBurger reported to his first duty assignment as plane captain for the A-6E with the “Sunday Punchers” of Attack Squadron (VA) 75 at Naval Air Station Oceania, Virginia, and deployed with the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). Upon returning from deployment in 1997, he transferred to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3 “Ironmen” onboard Tinker Air Force Base, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In January 2001 he reported to the F/A-18 Hornet Fleet Replacement Squadron, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 125 “Rough Raiders” onboard NAS Lemoore, California. In 2004 DeBurger joined the “Mighty Shrikes” of VFA-94. He deployed with USS Nimitz (CVN 68), transitioning to the unit deployment program with 1 Marine Expeditionary Force/1 Marine Aircraft Wing, advancing to Chief Petty Officer.

In 2009, DeBurger served as the NAS Lemoore Ceremonial Director Navy Region Southwest, and the Chief Master at Arms for NAS Lemoore. In 2012 he joined VFA-25 “First of the Fleet” as the Maintenance Department LCPO, advancing to senior chief petty officer. In 2015 he transferred to the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 9 “Vampires” onboard Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California, serving as the Maintenance LCPO and Quality Assurance supervisor for F/A-18 C, D, E, F and the E/A-18G. DeBurger was selected for the Command Senior Chief Program in February 2018.

DeBurger’s personal decorations include the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal (two gold stars); Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (one silver star); Navy Good Conduct Medal (six awards); Navy Accession Training Ribbon and various unit awards.

Senior Chief DeBurger is currently assigned as the command senior chief for “The Bloodhounds” of VX-30 in Point Mugu, California.

 

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