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    Commanding Officer

    Commander Ian James Lilyquist


Cmdr. Ian Lilyquist, a native of Grafton, Wisconsin, is a 2001 U.S. Naval Academy graduate. He earned his master’s degrees in Ocean Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. Lilyquist earned his Naval Flight Officer wings in August 2003.

Lilyquist reported to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 2 in Rota, Spain in 2004. He served as a Mission Commander and Naval Flight Officer for the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization program and conducted multiple deployments in the EP-3 in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

He was then assigned to Special Operations Command Pacific and the 2nd Joint Special Operations Air Component. He served as the Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Operations Chief from 2006 to 2009 and deployed with Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines).

Lilyquist served onboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as the V-2 Division Officer and Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer and deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) from 2009 to 2011. After this tour, he flew with Special Projects Patrol Squadron (VPU) 2 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii from 2011 to 2015. He also served as the Maintenance Officer and deployed to the CENTCOM and U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibilities.

He then served with the Joint Special Operations Command in the J5 directorate as a strategic planner and deputy of JSOC’s Plans Division from 2016 to 2019.

Lilyquist assumed responsibilities as Executive Officer, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS) 1 in August 2019.