Officer in Charge
Lieutenant Commander Feldhues is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a 1986 graduate of Fox Senior High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois for basic training on 3 July 1986. Upon completion, he reported to Naval Air Technical Training Center, Millington, Tennessee for Aviation Electronics “A” School where he completed Advanced Aviation Electronics Course.
Lieutenant Commander Feldhues’ first fleet assignment was with the “Arch Angels” of HSL-31, NAS North Island. In 1989, he terminated shore duty and reported to the “Easy Riders” of HSL-37, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. Upon reporting for duty he immediately deployed with Detachment Nine embarked on USS OUELLET (FF-1077). He made several deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In July 1992, he re-enlisted and re-toured in HSL-37 ensuring the successful transition of the squadron from the SH-2F to the SH-60B.
After electing to separate from Naval Service in July 1995 he was employed by Intel Corporation as a Chemical Vapor Deposition Area Engineering Technician responsible for 48 technicians. In April 1998, he decided to take a leave of absence from Intel to take care of his terminally ill mother. Upon her passing and finalizing personal affairs, he decided to re-join the Navy reporting to Temporary Processing Unit at Great lakes, Illinois in July 1999.
In August of 1999, he reported to the “Warlords” of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan. He quickly re-qualified as the only full systems QAR and was assigned as the Quality Assurance Leading Petty Officer. The highlights of his tour at HSL-51 were selection as CY 2000 COMNAVAIRPAC, COMHSLWINGPAC, and HSL-51 Senior Shore Sailor of the Year, and advancement to Chief Petty Officer in September 2001. Although on shore duty, he unselfishly volunteered to lead Detachment Four as the only full systems CDQAR and Safe for Flight qualified LCPO deploying on the USS CHANCELLORSVILLE (CG-62).
In October of 2003, he was commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program and was assigned to the “Garudas” of VAQ-134 completing two deployments to Bagram, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. During this tour, he served as the Quality Assurance Officer, Maintenance/Material Control Officer, and Assistant Maintenance Officer.
In 2006, he reported to AIMD Misawa, Japan, where he served as the Maintenance/Material Control Officer, AIRSpeed Officer and Assistant Officer in Charge providing E-P3/P-3 Intermediate Level maintenance support to deployed Reconnaissance and Patron Forces operating in the WESTPAC and USCENTCOM AOR.
In 2009, he reported to VAQ-136 where he served as Maintenance/Material Control Officer and Assistance Maintenance Officer deploying onboard USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73), leading the homeport change and transition to the EA-18G Growler.
In 2012, he reported to COMVAQWINGPAC as the Readiness Officer for the EA-18G and EA-6B TMS supporting 10 Carrier Air Wing squadrons, three expeditionary squadrons, and a Fleet Readiness Squadron.
In July 2015, he reported to Japan for duty as Carrier Air Wing FIVE Maintenance Officer deploying onboard USS RONALD REAGAN (CVN-76) conducting various international exercises.
LCDR Feldhues holds a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration.
His awards include Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal (seven awards), Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (two awards), Combat Action Ribbon (two awards), and various unit awards and campaign medals.