Commander Paul Ostrowski, 40, passed away on February 27th following a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and classmate, Bernadette, and their seven children. He was the Commanding Officer of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 56, based at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, VA.
CDR Ostrowski received his commission through the U. S. Naval Academy in 1993. While waiting to begin flight training, CDR Ostrowski was temporarily assigned to NAS Sigonella, Sicily. He worked in Base Operations as a scheduling officer for the C-12 and T-39. In February of 1994, CDR Ostrowski reported to Naval Aviation Schools Command to begin aviation primary indoctrination. He was designated a Naval Aviator in October of 1995 and reported to the “Island Rulers” of HSL-41 onboard NAS North Island, San Diego for initial training in the SH-60B “Seahawk.” Upon completion he reported to the “BattleCats” of HSL-43.
While onboard HSL-43 he held various positions including Aircraft Division Officer, Search and Rescue Officer, NATOPS Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer. During this tour he deployed three times with the USS PRINCETON, USS CURTS and the USS PAUL F. FOSTER in the capacity as Detachment Administrative Officer and Maintenance Officer.
In December 1999, CDR Ostrowski reported as a “Doerbird” with VT-2 at NAS Whiting Field, Florida to serve as a primary flight instructor in the T-34C “Mentor.” While onboard VT-2, he served as the Ground Safety Officer, Schedules Officer and Flight Leader. During this tour CDR Ostrowski also enrolled in and completed a Masters in Business Administration at the University of West Florida. In March of 2001, he was selected to become a Full-Time Support Officer.
In September of 2002, CDR Ostrowski reported onboard NAS JRB Willow Grove, PA with the “Taskmasters” of VR-52 to fly the C-9B “Skytrain.” There he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, NATOPS Department Head and the Operations Department Head. While leading the Operations Department the squadron was awarded the Congressman Bill Chappell Award for Operations Excellence.
In October of 2005, CDR Ostrowski reported to NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX to serve as the C-9B Program Manager for Commander Fleet Logistics Support Wing. During this tour he screened for and was selected to serve as an Officer-in-Charge.
In May of 2007, CDR Ostrowski reported onboard NAS Oceana, VA for duty as the Officer-in-Charge with the VR-56 “Globemasters.” During this tour he screened for Aviation Command and in September of 2008, he was afforded
the opportunity to remain with VR-56 serving as the Executive Officer and subsequently assumed command in December 2009.
Commander Ostrowski has amassed over 4,600 flight hours during his career. His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Medal, and numerous unit commendation and sea duty awards.