CAPT Andy Westerkom is a faculty member in the Defense Strategy, Acquisition and Resourcing department at the Eisenhower School, arriving in December 2015. A P-3C Naval Aviator, CAPT Westerkom served operationally as the Commanding Officer of Patrol Squadron (VP) 26, VP Task Group Commander and as a department head with VP-46 in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. As a junior officer with VP-4, he flew missions in support of Desert Storm. He also served as Assistant Strike Ops Officer (A-Strike) on the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN-72).
CAPT Westerkom’s shore assignments include serving as Advanced Fixed Wing Instructor Pilot at Training Squadron (VT) 31, VP Junior Officer Sea/Shore Assignment Officer (Detailer) at Navy Personnel Command, and Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Maintenance Officer (N4) for all forward deployed aircraft in 7TH FLEET AND 5TH FLEET.
CAPT Westerkom’s major staff assignments include the Joint Staff, Force Structure, Resource and Assessment (J8) Directorate, where he served as a Strategic Analyst in the Studies, Analysis and Gaming Division from 2010 - 2014. He also completed an assignment with USSOUTHCOM, Theater Engagement (J7) Directorate, where he served as Head Quarters Training Division Chief.
He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science degree in National Security and Strategy from National War College. He was commissioned through the Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) program and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1990. He is also a Joint Qualified Officer (JQO).