Rear Adm. Fredrick “Lucky” Luchtman is a native of Auburn Hills, Michigan and a 1989 graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy. In December 1990, he was commissioned a Naval Aviator in Beeville, Texas.
As a career fighter jet F/A-18 pilot, he commanded Carrier Air Wing Seven (CVW-7) and Strike Fighter Squadron Fifteen (VFA-15). Luchtman also deployed with VFA-82, VFA-136, VFA-131 and CVW-2. He participated in Operations Southern Watch, Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Inherent Resolve.
Ashore, Luchtman has served as a strike fighter tactics instructor at Strike Fighter Weapons School, Atlantic; C4 Systems chief at U.S. Strategic Command; tactical air commander detailer and the executive assistant to Commander, Navy Personnel Command; and executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Luchtman was promoted to flag rank in August 2018 after assuming his role as Physiological Episodes Action Team (PEAT) lead.
Luchtman is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) and of the Naval War College, earning a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.
He has accumulated more than 4,000 hours and 1,000 carrier arrested landings in Navy jet aircraft.
Luchtman’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Combat “V”, Strike/Flight Air Medal (8 awards) and other personal and unit awards.