Commander William "Kid" Fraser graduated in December 1995 from the University of Idaho on a Navy ROTC scholarship. Upon receiving his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice, he was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy. After completing advanced helicopter flight training at NAS Whiting Field, he earned his "Wings of Gold" as a Naval Aviator in October 1997 and reported to HS-10 for training in the SH-60F/H Seahawk.
Commander Fraser was assigned to the "Indians" of HS-6 from September 1998 to February 2002. During this tour, he completed two WESTPAC cruises with CVW-11 embarked on the USS CARL VINSON (CVN-70). He participated in OPERATION DESERT FOX in 1998-99, and the opening days of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF), where his squadron operated from a forward based detachment for combat search and rescue operations.
In 2002, Commander Fraser was selected to transition to the Naval TACAIR community. He completed advanced training in the T-45 in Kingsville, Texas and selected to fly the EA-6B Prowler. After FRS Training with VAQ-129, he was assigned to the VAQ-140 "Patriots" who were tasked to fill a short notice deployment to Iwakuni, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program.
In 2006, Commander Fraser reported to the "Gauntlets" of VAQ-136, forward deployed with CVW-5 out of NAF Atsugi, Japan for his Department Head tour. During this tour, he participated in numerous WESTPAC operations onboard the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) and USS George Washington (CVN 73) and served as the Safety Officer and Maintenance Officer.
Following his Department Head tour, he attended the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
Prior to his current assignment as Executive Officer of VAQ-139, he served on the staff of Commander, Naval Air Forces in Norfolk, Virginia working budgetary and program issues as the VAQ/AEA Requirements Officer.
He has accumulated over 2,400 total flight hours and 300 carrier arrested landings. Decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation medal (two awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and multiple unit, service, and campaign awards.
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