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, a forward deployed naval forces (FDNF) Super Hornet Squadron assigned to Carrier Air Wing Five (CVW-5) aboard USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63); Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan; VFA-106 the East Coast F/A-18A-F Fleet Replacement Squadron; CVW-8 aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77); and CVW 17 aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
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 was the chief of staff and assistant chief of staff for Strategy, Resources and Plans for Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa and for Commander, U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples, Italy.
Dwyer assumed his current duties in June 2018 and is privileged to command the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group which consists of over 7,000 dedicated and talented Sailors across nine ships, including USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), six guided missile destroyers of Destroyer Squadron 23, and 80 aircraft of Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN (CVW 11).
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 3,500 F-18 flight hours, and over 1,100 carrier arrested landings on 11 different aircraft carriers.