A native of Longmont, CO, LT Victor “WISHES” Nguyen,
commissioned in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Robotics and Control Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Academy. In August 2014, he reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, FL to begin flight training. LT Nguyen completed primary flight training with VT-2, selected rotary wing and completed advance flight instruction at HT-18, being designated a Naval Aviator in May of 2016.
After completion of the FRS at HSM-41, LT Nguyen reported to Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron THREE SEVEN (HSM-37) Kaneohe Bay, HI. During his time there, he completed three operational deployments in the FIFTH Fleet and SEVENTH Fleet AORs onboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG-112), and USS WAYNE E. MEYER (DDG-110) serving as HSM-73’s Daily Schedule Writer, HSM-37 Detachment TWO Assistant Maintenance Officer, and HSM-37 Detachment FOUR Operations Officer. LT Nguyen has flown over 900 mishap-free flight hours in support of CENTCOM and INDOPACOM tasking to include eight straits transits, five freedom of navigation operations and three multi-national exercises.
LT Nguyen is currently an Assistant Professor of Naval Science and the Aviation Officer at the University of Michigan. His awards include the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, and the Battle Effectiveness Award. He is married to Rebecca Nguyen of Longmont, CO.