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Commander Ketelsen, a native of Charlotte, Iowa, is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and a 2006 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School with an executive master of business administration degree. He was designated a naval aviator in May 2000 at NAS Meridian, Mississippi. After earning his “Wings of Gold” he reported to VAW-120 at NS Norfolk, Virginia for training in the E-2C Hawkeye.
 
In January 2001, Cmdr. Ketelsen reported to the “Screwtops” of VAW-123 at NS Norfolk, Virginia. While assigned to the “Screwtops,” Commander Ketelsen completed two deployments embarked in USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
 
 In December 2003, Cmdr. Ketelsen transferred to the “Greyhawks” of VAW-120 at NS Norfolk, Virginia where he served as an instructor pilot, landing signals officer, and carrier qualification phase head.
 
In April 2006, Ketelsen reported to CVW-17 at NAS Oceana, Virginia as air wing landing signals officer and air wing safety officer. CVW-17 embarked in USS George Washington (CVN 73) for the Partnership Of The Americas and UNITAS deployments, conducting counter narcotics and security cooperation operations.
 
 In April 2009, Commander Ketelsen returned to the “Screwtops” of VAW-123 for his department head tour. He served as the administrative officer and operations officer and embarked in USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in support of operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
 
Following his department head tour, Ketelsen was assigned to United States Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida where he served as the resource management branch chief in the force management and development directorate. Following Navy recruiting orientation, Cmdr. Ketelsen reported to NRD Miami as executive officer in January 2015.
 
Ketelsen’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, Strike/Flight Air Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous unit awards and citations. Commander Ketelsen has accumulated over 2,800 flight hours and 350 carrier arrested landings.

 

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