Katrina Nietsch

A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, Katrina graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2011 with a BS in Quantitative Economics. She received her Naval Aviator “Wings of gold” in 2014 after completing pilot flight training and her initial undergraduate aircraft carrier qualification in the C-2A Greyhound. She deployed twice with VRC-30 in support of the USS George Washington (CVN-73) and the USS Nimitz (CVN-68), where she traveled to Central and South America and then to the Middle East. She served as an Instructor Pilot with VAW-120, where she completed an MS in Aeronautics with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She flew over 1,830 hours and accumulated 122 arrested landings while training the next generation of C-2A pilots. In June 2020 she reported to Coronado, CA for special duty as Unmanned Aerial Systems Officer-in-Charge. She will be attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in 2022. In her free time, she enjoys running, ice hockey, skiing, and cooking.