Lieutenant Commander Amy “BACON!” Heflin
Lieutenant Commander Amy Heflin is a native of Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Lubbock High School in 2007, where she lettered in swimming. She attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering in 2011, and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy.
Amy reported to Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, for aviation indoctrination training in July 2011. She completed primary flight training in the T-34C Turbo Mentor at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma in November 2012. She subsequently completed intermediate and advanced flight training in the T-45C Goshawk at NAS Kingsville, Texas, and received her wings of gold in June 2013.
Amy then reported to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 122, the “Flying Eagles,” at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, in June 2013 for initial training in the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Upon completion, she reported to the “Dambusters” of VFA-195 in May 2015, meeting them just prior to a WESTPAC patrol aboard USS George Washington (CVN73). At VFA-195 she participated in the carrier’s hull swap with USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76) in 2015 and the squadron’s homeport change from Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi, Japan, to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan in 2017. She also served as the squadron’s Schedules Officer, Line Division Officer, Weapons and Tactics Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. Amy completed 6 patrols aboard USS George Washington (CVN73) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN76) in support of Forward Deployed Naval Forces Japan and South China Sea operations.
Upon departing VFA-195, Amy returned to VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore, California, in February 2018, as an instructor pilot, where she also served as the Aviation Safety Officer, NATOPS Officer, and F/A-18 E/F/G NATOPS Program Manager.
She has 1200 hours and over 300 carrier landings. LCDR Heflin’s personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various campaign and service medals.