Charlie Hetzel graduated from the US Naval Academy in 2012 with a BS in Political Science. After graduation, he was commissioned as an active duty officer, and spent the next 4 years training as a tactical jet pilot. After completing flight school and follow-on training in the F/A-18E, Charlie was assigned to VFA-87 in Virginia Beach, VA, where he served as a single seat pilot, Line Division Officer, NATOPS officer, and Assistant Operations Officer. He completed one deployment in support of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, earning an Air Medal – Strike Flight Award and Battle E for combat performance. Charlie is currently enrolled as an MBA Candidate at UNC Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. He enjoys reading, running, all outdoor activities (especially water sports), and cooking.