Capt. Tracey J. Gendreau was born in Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from Metropolitan State College of Denver in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Professional Piloting. He received his commission through Officer Candidate School in 1997 and earned his Wings of Gold in 1999.
Gendreau’s operational assignments began with the “Black Aces” of Fighter Squadron (VF) 41, flying the F-14A Tomcat. He deployed aboard aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) in 2001 in support of Operations Southern Watch and Enduring Freedom. In November 2001, the “Black Aces” moved to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, where they transitioned to the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Gendreau deployed aboard aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2006 to 2008, he performed duties on the staff of Carrier Air Wing 11. He deployed again on Nimitz in 2007 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He also deployed on Nimitz in 2008 supporting Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet regional objectives. From 2008 to 2010, he reported back to the “Black Aces” for his department head tour and deployed aboard Nimitz in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. As commanding officer of the “Fighting Swordsmen” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 32 he led the squadron during its 2016 deployment aboard aircraft carrier USS Eisenhower (CVN 69) in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. From 2016-2018, he performed the duties of operations officer aboard USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77), which supported Operation Inherent Resolve during its 2017 deployment.
Gendreau’s shore assignments include: VFA-122 at NAS Lemoore as an F/A-18E/F flight instructor from 2003 to 2006; the United States Naval War College from 2010 to 2011, where he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies; Joint Functional Component Command Integrated Missile Defense from 2011 to 2013; and U.S. Fleet Forces Command as the inspector general from 2018 to 2019.
Gendreau assumed command of Training Air Wing 1 in August 2019.
Gendreau has accumulated 3,900 flight hours and 970 arrested landings. His awards include the 2017 Navy Marine Corps Association Leadership Award; Commander, Naval Air Forces Pacific 2010 Pilot of the Year; the National Order of Daedalians 2010 Exceptional Pilot Award; the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, five Strike/Flight Air Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals (one with combat “V”), one Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and numerous other unit and campaign awards.