Rear Adm. Dwyer is a native of Alameda, California, and a 1988 graduate of the California Maritime Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a third mate’s license in the Merchant Marine. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island, and holds a Master’s in Foreign Affairs and Strategic Studies, and a Master’s in Computer Information Science.
Dwyer received his Wings of Gold in March 1992 with orders to fly the F/A-18C in Lemoore, California.
He has previously commanded Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 27; Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan; VFA-106; Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8; and CVW 17; as a flag officer Dwyer commanded the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG 9), and was the 36th Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA).
Other at sea and ashore assignments include two tours with VFA-151, Topgun Class 97-1; F-18 Tactics instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School Pacific Lemoore, California; Hornet air combat placement officer (Pers-433a) Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee; director Regional Outreach (CJ9) Headquarters, Commander, International Security Assistance Force Kabul, Afghanistan; and director of Aviation Officer Distribution (Pers-43) Naval Personnel Command Millington, Tennessee.
As a flag officer Dwyer served as chief of staff (CoS) and assistant chief of staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans for Commander (N5), U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa and for Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy. He previously served as director, Plans and Policy, J5, U.S. Cyber Command.
Dwyer assumed his current duties as commander, SECOND Fleet/ commander, Joint Forces Command Norfolk August 2021.
Dwyer was the 1997 Commander Strike Fighter Wing Pacific Adm. Wesley McDonald Junior Officer of the Year and his personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal Strike/Flight, Combat Action Ribbon, Battle E (three awards) and has accumulated over 3,600 F-18 flight hours, and over 1,100 carrier arrested landings on 12 different aircraft carriers.
Last Updated: 23 August 2021