Captain Michael "Buzz" Donnelly
Commanding Officer, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76)
Captain Michael "Buzz" Donnelly is a native of Kent Island, Maryland, and a 1989 graduate of Villanova University, where he was commissioned via the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). He also attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
A naval flight officer, Donnelly deployed with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, flying the F-14 Tomcat with Fighter Squadron THREE THREE (VF-33) "Starfighters," VF-103 "Sluggers," and VF-31 "Tomcatters." Flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet, he served as executive and then commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron ONE FIVE FOUR (VFA-154) "Black Knights." He served as executive officer of USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and the last commanding officer of USS Denver (LPD 9).
Ashore, Donnelly served two Fleet Replacement Squadron tours as an F-14 instructor with VF-101 "Grim Reapers" and as executive officer of VFA-122 "Flying Eagles." Additionally, he served on the International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and two tours in the Air Warfare Directorate (N88/N98), OPNAV Staff, Pentagon, the first as Naval Aviation's F/A-18 requirements officer and the second as Aircraft Carrier Requirements Branch Head.
Captain Donnelly has more than 3,000 flight hours and more than 990 carrier landings in the F-14A, B and D, and the F/A-18F.