Loading Events
  • This event has passed.

September 2018





Bi-Monthly Luncheon


When:                 Thursday, 20 September (1115-Social, 1150-Program, 1230-Lunch)

Where:                Holiday Inn 1724 Alafaya Trail Orlando, FL  32826 | 407.658.9008

Cost:                   $22.00 with RSVP on or before COB 18 September (Tuesday) $24.00 at the door


  • Caesar Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Yankee Pot Roast
  • Champagne Chicken
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Seasonal Mixed Vegetables
  • Warm Bread w/Butter
  • Chef’s Choice of Assorted Desserts
  • Water, Iced Tea, & Coffee Service


RSVP:                   http://ndia-cflevents.org

RSVP using the riptide link (above) no later than COB Tuesday, 18 September to ensure seating.

NOTE: Please pay at the door via check, cash or credit card.  Make checks payable to “the Holiday Inn.”  Disregard any email notices to submit payments/checks in advance.  Contact Mike Genetti via email if you have any problems with site registration and he’ll load you into the system offline.


Questions:         Contact Mike Genetti (mikegenetti75 @ gmail.com ), 407.399.3035.

Speakers:           Captains Erik “Rock” Etz and Timothy “Octa” Hill, USN, CO and XO, NAWCTSD and NSA, Orlando


Speaker Biographies

Captain Erik O. Etz

Commanding Officer Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), and Naval Support Activity (NSA), Orlando

Captain Erik “Rock” Etz was commissioned through the Naval ROTC program in 1990 upon earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Captain Etz was designated a Naval Aviator in 1993 and joined the Marauders of VFA-82 in August 1994, flying the F/A-18C Hornet. During this tour, he completed one Mediterranean deployment on USS America, flying missions in support of United Nations Operations Deliberate Force, Deny Flight, and Decisive Edge in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Operation Southern Watch in Iraq. Captain Etz graduated from the US Navy Test Pilot School, Class 113, in June 1998. At Naval Strike Aircraft Test Squadron, Patuxent River, Maryland he flew test missions in all areas of flight test for F/A-18A-F and T-45A/C aircraft and was assigned as Project Officer for the F/A-18E/F Third Sea Trials, leading a government and contractor team responsible for shipboard Super Hornet lateral asymmetry and degraded flight control launch and recovery testing, and ACLS certification.

Captain Etz returned to the fleet in December 2000 as senior Landing Signal Officer and Safety Officer on the staff of Commander, Carrier Air Wing Nine. Following the events of September 11th, 2001, he deployed onboard USS Stennis to the North Arabian Sea for seven months. Under his guidance, CVW-9 amassed over 10,000 arrested landings during combat operations. Captain Etz also executed F/A-18C combat missions in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Remaining in Carrier Air Wing Nine, Captain Etz was assigned to the VFA-147 Argonauts for his department head tour in July 2002, during which he served as Operations Officer and Maintenance Officer. He completed an 8-month Western Pacific deployment aboard the USS Vinson in 2003, supporting operations in the region of the Korean peninsula.

Captain Etz returned to NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in June 2004, upon assignment to the Salty Dogs of VX-23. As the Ship Suitability Department Head, he was responsible for oversight of the safe and efficient flight test of all tactical aircraft in the regimes of shipboard launch and recovery. He flew F/A-18A-F and T-45A/C aircraft on multiple test programs. Captain Etz joined VFA-113 in December 2006 as the Executive Officer, again flying the F/A-18C Hornet, and in early 2007, the Stingers executed a short-notice surge deployment to the western Pacific with Carrier Air Wing Fourteen onboard USS Reagan. In May 2008, Captain Etz assumed command of VFA-113, and led the Stingers in combat operations from the USS Reagan, supporting coalition forces in Afghanistan on two deployments in 2008 and 2009.

From September 2009 through October 2011, Captain Etz was assigned as the Deputy Lead for the F-35 Mission Systems Integrated Product Team with the Joint Strike Fighter Program Office. His dispersed team developed the sensor and software systems that provide the warfighting capabilities of all F-35 variants.  Executing a third test pilot tour, Captain Etz returned to NAS Patuxent River in October 2011as the Director, Test & Evaluation of F-35 Naval Variants at VX-23. In this role, he served as the senior military lead for the F-35 Integrated Test Force, charged with developmental flight test of the STOVL and CV variants of the F-35, and he flew F/A-18 aircraft in support roles. Prior to assuming command of NAWCTSD, Captain Etz served as the Executive Officer of from June 2014 until April 2016.

Captain Etz has logged over 3,500 flight hours in over 35 types of aircraft, including over 2950 F/A-18 hours and over 840 carrier landings on 14 different aircraft carriers. His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Air Medals (Strike/Flight), three Navy Commendation Medals, the Navy Achievement Medal, and various unit and service awards.

Captain Timothy M. Hill

Executive Officer Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), and Naval Support Activity (NSA), Orlando


After earning a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering with the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 1992 and completing short tours as a research associate at Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM and on the Chief of Naval Education and Training Staff, CAPT Timothy M. Hill earned designation as a Naval Flight Officer in January 1996. CAPT Hill then completed S-3B Fleet Replacement training at VS-41 in North Island, CA prior to reporting aboard VS-30 at NAS Cecil Field, FL.

While attached to the Diamondcutters, CAPT Hill deployed in USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) and USS DWIGHT D EISENHOWER (CVN 69) NATO operations in the former-Yugoslavia and enforcing the United Nations no-fly zone and other sanctions in Iraq. He received honors as Sea Control Wing, Atlantic Fleet and Carrier Air Wing SEVENTEEN’s Junior NFO of the Year during the tour. Next he returned to VS-41 as an instructor prior to selection to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) at Patuxent River, MD. CAPT Hill completed USNTPS as Class 119’s Outstanding Student and subsequently reported to the Naval Force Aircraft Test Squadron as a Viking project officer. He led test efforts for several upgrades to the S-3B weapons system before returning to USNTPS as an instructor.

He returned to operational flying with the Topcats of VS-31 at NAS Jacksonville, FL in 2003, deploying in USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) in 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. While serving as the Topcats’ Operations and Maintenance Department Head, the squadron was honored with the Atlantic Fleet Battle “E” and “Golden Wrench” awards, and CAPT Hill was selected as the Senior NFO of the Year. CAPT Hill then reported to the staff of U.S. Special Operations Command as the Special Programs Branch Chief. After completing transition training in the F/A-18F Super Hornet at VFA-106 and Strike Fighter Weapons School Atlantic, he reported to VFA-32 in early 2009 and assumed command in July 2010 while deployed in USS HARRY S TRUMAN (CVN 75) supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN. The Swordsmen received honors as the Naval Air Forces, Atlantic Safety “S” winner and were selected as the Secretary of the Navy Safety Excellence Award recipient from amongst all active duty squadrons.

CAPT Hill served in the F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office from late 2011 to late 2014 as Deputy Director, F-35 Mission Systems and Deputy Program Manager for Block 2B. From September 2014 until June 2016, he worked as Deputy Director of the Long Range Anti-Surface Missile Deployment Office.  He reported to his current assignment as Executive Officer of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in June 2016.

CAPT Hill has accumulated over 3,200 flight hours in 32 different aircraft models, and he has logged nearly 750 carrier arrested landings. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, holds Master’s degrees in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and in International Relations from Troy University, and is a designated Acquisition Professional. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Meritorious Service Medal, Strike Flight Air Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 awards) along with numerous campaign medals and unit citations.