Leaders
Executive Officer, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323
Major Kyle Wilson

Major Wilson was born in Dunedin, Florida and graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.  He received his commission as a 2nd lieutenant in August of 2008 and worked as an Officer Selection Officer (OSO) assistant at Recruiting Station Orlando, Florida before reporting to the Basic School in March of 2009. 

Upon completion of the Basic School, 1st Lt Wilson attended Primary flight training in Milton, Florida with VT-3 flying the T-6B Texan II.  For advanced flight training he flew the T-45C with VT-21 in Kingsville, Texas.  He was designated a Naval Aviator on 29 June 2012 and was assigned to VMFAT-101 in Miramar, California for his initial training in the F/A-18 Hornet.

In July of 2013 Captain Wilson completed his initial training at VMFAT-101 and reported to the VMFA-251 Thunderbolts in Beaufort, South Carolina.  As a member of the T-Bolts, Capt Wilson was initially assigned as a schedule writer and Ground Training Officer and participated in VMFA-251’s carrier workup and subsequent 9 month combat deployment embarked on the USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.  During the last two months of the deployment, Captain Wilson was assigned as the VMFA-251 Ground Safety Officer. 

After returning from deployment Captain Wilson participated in a series of training exercises with the Thunderbolts and earned his qualifications as a division lead and a functional check flight pilot. During this time Captain Wilson was assigned as the Squadron Director of Safety and Standardization (DOSS).  In September of 2017 the Thunderbolts departed for participation in the unit Deployment Program (UDP) in Iwakuni, Japan for six months.  During UDP Captain Wilson served as the unit Powerline OIC and was selected to represent the US abroad as an exchange pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Cold Lake Alberta, Canada.

Capt Wilson reported to his new duty station flying with the Canadians in July of 2018 and was promoted to Major in September.  During his tour in Canada Major Wilson participated in multiple NATO and other international exercises, assisting NATO with Air Policing in the Black Sea region while deployed to Romania in support of Operation REASSURANCE.  During this time he also flew in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE and Northern Sovereignty Operations to deter Russian Long Range Aviation and maintain an allied military presence in the Arctic.    

Major Wilson checked in to the Death Rattlers in July of 2021 and is currently serving as the Executive Officer.

Throughout his flying career Major Wilson has accumulated over 1200 hours in the F/A-18.  Maj Wilson’s personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. 

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