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Commander Presler graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, Arizona in 1999 and was designated a naval aviator in 2002. He reported to the VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters at MCAS Miramar, CA for initial F-18 flight training and was subsequently assigned to the VFA-87 Golden Warriors at NAS Oceana, VA for his first operational fleet tour.

Cmdr. Presler made one deployment with VFA-87, aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 2004 participating in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In October 2007, Presler transferred to the VFA-106 Gladiators as an F-18 instructor pilot serving as the legal officer, Strike-Fighter Phase Head and Transition Phase Head.śWhile attached to VFA-106 he was a member of the F/A-18F Tactical Demonstration Team. During his tenure as an instructor pilot he was awarded the Commander Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic Instructor pilot of the year.

In September 2009, Commander Presler reported to the VFA-81 Sunliners for an operational department head tour. In 2010, he deployed with VFA-81 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 71) participating in Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE and deployed again in November of 2010 participating in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. While assigned to VFA-81, Presler served as squadron safety officer, administrative officer, maintenance officer, and operations officer. In December 2011, Cmdr. Presler reported to Commander Air Forces Atlantic and served as the VFA readiness officer. Commander Presler has a master's of business from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA as well was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College.

Commander Presler has accumulated over 2,300 flight hours and over 600 carrier arrested landings in the F/A-18A-F.

His personal awards include three Air Medals, four Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medals, one Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various campaign and unit awards. He is a native of Bound Brook, NJ.



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