CAPTAIN (SEL) BRIAN J. MEYERRIECKS
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, USS GUAM (LPH-9)
Commander Brian J. Meyerriecks is a native of Huntington, New York. He graduated from the University of Florida in June of 1975 and was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Aviation Officer Candidate program in Pensacola, Florida in October 1977.
Following Navy Flight Training in Corpus Christi, Texas he was retained as a Flight Instructor and assigned to VT-27. He taught initial flight training, precision aerobatics and formation flying in the T-28. His next tour of duty was with Patrol Squadron SEVENTEEN (VP-17) at NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii. He completed two deployment to NAS Cubi Point, Republic of the Philippines and a split deployment to Adak, Alaska and NAF Diego Garcia. He finished this tour as an Instructor Pilot and Mission Commander in the P-3 aircraft.
In February 1984, Commander Meyerriecks reported to Parol Squadron (VP-31) at NAS Moffett Field, California as a Fleet Replacement Squadron Instructor Pilot. He assumed duties as Pilot NATOPS Officer and conducted the Patrol Plane Instructor Pilot Course, authored a Flight Training Guide for non-instructor pilots and developed a Defensive Flying seminar enhancing flight station safety. He completed this tour as the Commander, Naval Air Pacific, NATOPS Pilot Evaluator for the P-3 Aircraft.
In November 1986, Commander Meyerriecks reported to the USS KITTY HAWK (CV 63) in San Diego, California as the ship's Communicatioins Officer. He deployed in 1987 for an around-the-world cruise where he earned qualifications as Underway Replenishment Conning Officer, Officer of the Deck Underway and Command Duty Officer Underway.
In July 1989, Commander Meyerriecks reported to Commander, Patrol Wing TEN (CPW-10) Moffett Field to serve as Director of the Antisubmarine Warfare Operations Center. While assigned to Patrol Wing TEN he was selected as the 1989 Junior Officer of the Year by the Santa Clara Valley Council, Navy League of the United States.
Commander Meyerriecks joined Patrol Squadron FORTY EIGHT (VP-48) in November 1990. There he served as Training Officer and deployed to NAS Cubi Point. Patrol Squadron FORTY-EIGHT was disestablished and subsequently he joined Patrol Squadron FORTY (VP-40) as the Operation Officer and deployed to NAF Misawa, Japan along with numerous detachments to the Persian Gulf throughout Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.
In November 1991, Commander Meyerriecks reported to the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington, DC., as the VP Air Combat Placement Officer. He reported to PATROL SQUADRON FORTY FIVE (VP-45) as Executive Officer in April 1994.
In April 1995, Commander Meyerriecks took command of Patrol Squadron FORTY FIVE (VP-45) and lead the "Pelicans" on a six month deployment to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, operating throughout Central and South America, setting records in Drug Interdiction and Counter-Narcotics Operations. Commander Meyerriecks personal awards include two Meritorious Service Medals, Four Navy Commendation Medals, a Navy Achievement Medal and various unit campaign awards.
Commander Meyerriecks is married to the former Margee P. Stout of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and they have two sons, Russell and Tyler.