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Captain Will Toraason
Captain, Task Force Seven Two
Captain Toraason graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, and commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Captain Toraason first served as a submarine officer aboard the USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), where he earned his gold dolphins and completed nuclear engineer qualifications. He transitioned to aviation, earned his Wings of Gold as a Naval Flight Officer, and served as Tactical Coordinator in the P-3C Orion with the ‘Pelicans’ of Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45). He next served with the ‘War Eagles’ of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16), completed the squadron’s sundown P-3C deployment, and transitioned with the squadron to the P-8A Poseidon.
He was Commanding Officer of the Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) ‘Mad Foxes.’ During his tour, VP-5 was the first P-8A squadron to earn the Battle “E” award for squadron excellence, was awarded the Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation award, and was the Chief of Naval Operations’ nominee for the Secretary of Defense Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence.
Ashore he has served in Japan as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on the staff of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 (CPRW-1/CTF-72). He was the Assistant Officer-in-Charge at the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School in Florida. At the Pentagon he was Deputy Executive Assistant to the U.S. Navy’s Chief Financial Officer (OPNAV N8). He was a post-graduate Teaching Fellow for policy analytics and decision theory at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In Bahrain, he was the Deputy Commander of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57 (CTF-57). Captain Toraason’s most recent position was at U.S. Navy Central Command, where he served as Executive Assistant to the Commander and Chief of Staff.