Commander Abram Stroot is a native of Bonne Terre, MO. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, earning his Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Science. CDR Stroot entered the Navy in January 2000 and was commissioned after completion of Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL. He completed his flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator in February 2002 in Kingsville, TX.
After completing the FRS at VFA-106, he reported to the Blue Blasters of VFA-34 flying the F/A-18C Hornet out of NAS Oceana, VA. While assigned to the Blue Blasters; he served as a Landing Signals Officer, Schedules Officer, Aircraft Division Officer, Weapons and Tactics Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. During his tour, he completed a combat deployment while attached to the CVW-17 / U.S.S. John F. Kennedy (CV-67) team during their support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in 2004. After deployment, he assisted the Blue Blasters in their transition to the CVW-2 / U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) team.
Following his tour at VFA-34, he attended Defense Language Institute in Washington, D.C. with a follow on assignment to the Spanish Air Force's Air Wing 15 as part of the Personnel Exchange Program (PEP) in Zaragoza, Spain. While there, he served as the Spanish Air Force's Tactics and Training Officer and Instructor Pilot at their FRS, Squadron 153, flying the Spanish version of the F/A-18 Hornet. While there he completed his Masters of Aeronautical Science in Aviation Operations through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Worldwide Online campus.
CDR Stroot transferred to NAS Lemoore, CA for his transition to the F/A-18E Super Hornet at VFA-122 with a follow on Department Head tour with the VFA-147 Argonauts. While with the Argonauts, he served as the Aviation Safety Officer, Maintenance Officer, and Operations Officer. He completed a combat deployment while attached to the CVW-14 / U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) team in 2011 in support of Operation TOMADACHI, Operation NEW DAWN, and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.
His next assignment brought him to Training Air Wing ONE at NAS Meridian, serving as the Naval Aviation Production Process Officer, Assistant Operations, and Operations Officer.
CDR Stroot rejoins TRAWING ONE after completing his tour as the Air Operations Officer onboard the U.S.S. George Washington (CVN-73). While there, he completed the 2015 SOUTHERN SEAS deployment and numerous FRS / FLEET / CNATRA Carrier Qualification detachments and multiple VX-23 testing evolutions in 2016.
CDR Stroot has accumulated over 4,300 total flight hours and more than 425 carrier arrested landings. His awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), Spanish Air Force's Safety of Flight Award, Spanish Air Force's Commendation Medal, and various unit, campaign, and service ribbons.