Vanilla Unmanned Aircraft, President; United States Navy, Retired
Rear Admiral Tim Heely, a native of Belleville, Ill., received his wings in 1977 and flew the A-7E Corsair II in Attack Squadrons 146 and 97 from Naval Air Station, Lemoore, California, and aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 1990 he transitioned to the F/A-18C Hornet, and commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 192 “World Famous Golden Dragons”, flying from USS Midway and USS Independence, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. While in command, his squadron was honored with the Commander, Naval Pacific Battle Efficiency Award, as well as the Estocin Award, as the top Hornet Squadron in the United States Navy. His shore duties include Commander, Light Attack Wing Pacific Flag Lieutenant; A-12 Deputy Class Desk Officer; Head, Aviation Commander Detailer at the Bureau of Naval Personnel; F/A-18 Class Desk Officer and Deputy Program Manager; and Program Manager, Naval Undergraduate Jet Flight Training Systems. In August 2000 he was selected to flag rank and was named Commander, Naval Air Warfare Center, Aircraft Division and Naval Air Systems Command’s Assistant Commander for Research and Engineering. He assumed his current position as Program Executive Officer, Strike Weapons and Unmanned Aviation in March 2004. Rear Admiral Heely graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1975 with a bachelor of science degree in American political systems and earned a master of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif. He has logged over 3500 hours and 850 carrier arrestments, and flew combat missions over Kuwait and Iraq during the first Gulf War.