Captain Will Toraason
Chief of Staff, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Captain Will Toraason, a Cincinnati native, 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’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
He served his first operational tour as a submarine officer aboard the fast attack submarine USS Jefferson City (SSN 759), where he earned his gold dolphins and completed nuclear engineer qualifications, deploying with the boat to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. He transitioned to aviation, earned his Wings of Gold as a Naval Flight Officer, and served his next operational tour as Tactical Coordinator in the P-3C Orion with the Pelicans of Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45). He deployed with the Pelicans to Central America, Africa, Europe, and Japan. He next served with the War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP-16), completed the squadron’s sundown P-3C deployment, and served as senior Naval Flight Officer as the squadron conducted the Navy’s first transition to the P-8A Poseidon. His next operational tour was serving as Commanding Officer of the Patrol Squadron 5 (VP-5) Mad Foxes, a P-8A squadron, leading the Mad Foxes on deployments to Japan, the Middle East, Central America, and Europe. While he was in VP-5, the Mad Foxes were distinguished as the first P-8A squadron to win the Battle “E” and the squadron was selected as the Chief of Naval Operation’s nominee for the Secretary of Defense’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence.
Ashore he served in Kami Seya, Japan, as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on the staff of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 1 (CPRW-1/CTF-72). In Jacksonville, Florida, he was the Assistant Officer-in-Charge at the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School. At the Pentagon he served on the Navy Staff as Deputy Executive Assistant to the U.S. Navy’s Chief Financial Officer (OPNAV N8), and in Bahrain he was the Deputy Commander at Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57 (CPRW-57/CTF-57) and Executive Assistant to Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.