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Plandome Native Returns Home

Commander Gordon “Gordo” Wilson, a native of Plandome and son of A. Scott and Patty Wilson, retired from the United States Navy during a formal ceremony in the hangar of Patrol Squadron 30 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL on June 8, 2012 after more than 21 years of faithful service to the Nation.

Commander Wilson graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991 and subsequently earned his Wings of Gold and designation as a Naval Aviator in 1993.  During his career, he deployed throughout the world in direct support of combat and peacetime deterrence operations, highlighted by service in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and his role as commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 45 from 2008-2009.  

He earned honors as a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in 2000, and later served as a test pilot instructor.  Throughout his career, he flew more than 35 types of aircraft, including instructor qualifications in the P-3, T-2, T-38, A-37 and most recently the P-8A Poseidon.  

During his final tour of duty, he laid the framework for the introduction of the newest aircraft in the Fleet, the P-8A and the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Unmanned Aircraft System.  His last tour was highlighted by qualification as the first Fleet Replacement Squadron P-8A instructor pilot and delivery of the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft to the Navy.

During his career, Commander Wilson earned multiple awards including the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with bronze star for specific action, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal and numerous campaign and unit awards while also earning his MBA and a master of aeronautical science.

Commander Wilson, his wife Sandra and their three sons who attend Manhasset schools—Zeke, 17, senior, Griffin, 15, freshman and Fletcher, 10, Shelter Rock— have relocated to Manhasset as he transitions to the private sector. Sandra is an outreach coordinator with Tuesday’s Children on Plandome Road. Gordon is now employed at JP Morgan Chase as managing director for field enablement and business analytics in the global commercial card.

His Naval co-workers wished him the traditional “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”