Commander James Fuemmeler
Executive Officer, VAQ-137
CDR Fuemmeler hails from Glasgow, MO and attended the United States Naval Academy earning a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. After graduating in May of 2001, he began flight training at NAS Pensacola, FL and was designated a Naval Flight Officer in February 2003. CDR Fuemmeler's first fleet assignment was flying EA-6B's with the “Black Ravens” of VAQ-135 at NAS Whidbey Island, WA attached to CVW-11. He served as Plans and Tactics Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, and Personnel Officer from August 2004 to October 2007. As a “Black Raven”, he made multiple deployments aboard the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in the Pacific Ocean and the Persian Gulf in support of OIF/OEF.
Reporting in October 2007 for Transition and Instructor duty at VFA-106, the East Coast FA-18 Fleet Replacement Squadron, CDR Fuemmeler served as Schedules Officer. He then reported to VAQ-129 to stand up the EA-18G Fleet Replacement Squadron in February of 2009, serving as the Fighter and Weapons Tactics Phase Head.
In May 2011, CDR Fuemmeler reported to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College as a student where he completed War College and attended night school to earn his Masters in International Relations from Webster University.
From June 2012 to August 2014, CDR Fuemmeler served as a Department Head in VAQ-135. Once again with the “Black Ravens”, now an Expeditionary Squadron flying EA-18G's, he served as Safety Officer, Admin Officer and Maintenance Officer.
Following his Department Head Tour, CDR Fummeler reported to US Strategic Command where he worked in the J7 directorate as an exercise planner, served as a Strike Advisor in the Global Operations Center, and worked as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Staff.
In February of 2018, CDR Fuemmeler returned to NAS Whidbey Island and VAQ-129 to fulfill student requirements and served as an instructor to fleet replacement aircrew.
CDR Fuemmeler has over 2000 hours in multiple aircraft, including the EA-6B, FA-18F, and EA-18G, and over 300 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards), and various service awards and ribbons.
CDR Fuemmeler is married to his amazing wife Marsha and has two extremely talented children, Austin and Riley.